Phishing: Prevent Your Team from Getting Hooked

While phishing may sound eerily similar to a sport involving boats, the result of each couldn’t be more different. Phishing emails are commonly sent by people pretending to be someone recipients know in order to acquire private data or information, such as bank account details. Cybercriminals are getting more and more sophisticated, for example, by spoofing senior executives whose messages most employees would not ignore. Below are a few tips to prevent your team from getting hooked next time there’s a phishing scam sent your way.

Educate. The first best line of defense against phishing scams is education. How to identify the words commonly used, what to do if you’re unsure and why phishing can cost the company millions of dollars are all important pieces of information every employee should be aware of.

Simulate. Working with your IT department, you should simulate what a phishing scam would look like to make employees aware of how this practice works in the real world, in addition to testing their knowledge of phishing scams. Some of these simulations should be announced beforehand, and others should be at random.

Incentivize. Consider a rewards system for identifying and reporting phishing emails to show employees how important you consider their role in keeping your company safe and protected. Small rewards, such as lunch and public recognition, go a long way to encourage alertness from your employees.

If you have any questions about phishing scams or how to protect your company if you do get hooked, we are here to help. Call or email us today.