What is Phishing and Why is it Important to Know?

Phishing attacks continue to be a security hazard to businesses. Phishing is when a cybercriminal disguises as a trusted source to trick an employee into opening an email, clicking a link, or downloading a document.  If that happens, it can result in your computer being infected by malware, and your financial information and customers’ personal information being stolen or lost. The damage control can be irreparable – not to mention the damage to your company’s reputation.

There are different categories of phishing:

Email Phishing: As described above, this is an attempt to obtain access to sensitive information using deceptive emails or ads. Many times, there is a sense of urgency tied to really motivate the recipient to open or click on the links.

Spear Phishing: This is more of a tailored attack, using information that is of interest to the targeted group or person, such as news stories, to lure them into opening a link.

Whaling Attack: This type of phishing is directed at senior executives in a company, often to manipulate them to reveal highly sensitive information or even authorize a wire transfer.

Domain Spoofing: When a fake website name or email domain is used to trick a recipient into engaging with a malicious email or website.   

Take phishing scams seriously and dedicate resources to spot these.  Train employees and protect your business, understanding the consequences of not making this a priority could be serious. Prioritize making sure everyone is aware of phishing scams, how to recognize and develop a plan to respond if you are targeted. 

ICC can help you understand and learn how to NOT fall prey to phishing scammers. We can put a comprehensive plan in place to protect your data. We conduct a number of audits and tests, as well as put tactics in place, to significantly reduce the possibility of an attack, protect your data and most importantly – have the ability to restore it. Our defense strategy includes network security, email security, security patches and updates, employee education, backups and quarterly cybersecurity reviews to boost your defenses against cybercriminals and lost data. 

If you are missing one piece of the pie, you may be putting your business at risk and could be faced with significant business disruption and financial loss. To get started call us at 970-419-0602.

February 13, 2023

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