Social media has overtaken both the professional and personal aspects of online communication and connection, and while it might provide a considerable boon for both, it increases the odds of being contacted by scams and other malicious attempts. The best way to make sure you don’t fall prey to a scam is to remain vigilant. Today we’ll discuss the various scams that are created for use with social media.
Phishing attacks are the bane of modern businesses, and any organization’s employees need to be cognizant of the threat they pose. Unfortunately, no matter how much you protect against them, hackers are usually crafty enough to work their way around even the most well-defended security measures. However, not even the best security measures can keep your employees from making a split-second decision to click on a link or download an infected attachment.
What has proven to be one of the more effective ways of preventing phishing attacks may be under fire from more advanced threats designed specifically to penetrate the defenses of two-factor authentication. This means that users need to be more cognizant of avoiding these attacks, but how can you help them make educated decisions about this? Let’s start by discussing the phishing attacks that can beat 2FA.
For twenty years, hackers have tried to breach organization’s networks by finding or breaking holes in the network’s perimeter, or in exposed servers. This led to the cybersecurity industry creating software designed specifically to stop these threat actors in the act. This, in essence, created a situation where the perimeter of an organization’s network was extremely hard to breach. The problem was that as soon as something was able to get through the outer defenses, there was no end to the devastation a hacker could cause inside a network.
Phishing emails feel like a new cybersecurity phenomenon, but they’ve been around for a while. We all remember the old Nigerian prince email scam. It’s become a punchline but, as The Washington Post has discovered, these scams are stealing billions of dollars from U.S. citizens. Though tactics have changed, and cybercriminals have become more sophisticated, the philosophy behind a phishing attack is still the same. Lure someone into handing over confidential information.
When you think of a cyber attack, social engineering doesn’t jump to the top of concerns. But it’s a genuine threat, and it’s one you need to take seriously. Even the best network security precautions may not stop a social engineer from gaining valuable information about your business. Your employees are the front line of defense against social engineering, and they need to be aware of what to look for.