3 Ways to Stay Ahead of Phishing Attacks
“So how can businesses — particularly small businesses with slim IT teams and stretched resources — stay ahead of increasingly smarter phishing campaigns?
- Adopt the Right Tools: The best defense is a good offense, so having an arsenal of technologies to prevent phishing emails from getting into a system are key. Strong encryption, modern anti-malware, data loss prevention tools and automated email client health checks are a good place to start when it comes to enhancing email security.
- Stay on Top of Threats and Vulnerabilities: You can’t protect against the threats you don’t know are out there, so be sure to stay on top of the latest cybersecurity threats and trends. For small businesses without a dedicated IT team, advisors and third-party entities such as vendor partners can be an amazing resource to help fill in the gaps.
- Educate Users: Employees who have been trained on how to spot and avoid suspicious emails are far less likely to fall victim to them. A single training is not a silver bullet, however. According to a 2017 report from Glasswall Solutions, 82 percent of employees will open email attachments if they appear to be from a known contact, which could happen even if they’ve been trained to recognize sophisticated attacks. This is why constant training and a strong companywide security culture are key to ensuring threats stay at bay.”