Phishing Campaigns Uncover Where You Are Vulnerable
Human error, negligence, and clicking on malicious links are among the most common reasons for breaches. In 2020, cybercrime increased approximately 85%, with a more than 600% explosion in phishing emails. This is likely due to the combination of a global pandemic, economic uncertainty, and a world full of new remote workers.
Phishing emails capture sensitive information from users, such as login credentials, credit card details, or bank information, by appearing as a reputable email communication when, in fact, it’s a cybercriminal. Phishing emails can also distribute spyware and malware by enticing people to click on links or open attachments designed to perform a malicious task.
94% of malware was delivered by email last year, and one of the top malicious email attachment types was the common .doc extension, a Microsoft Office document. Studies show that most employees don’t suspect .doc files as being malicious and will open them, inadvertently launching the malware.
Finding ways to protect your network from user errors is where phishing campaigns come in. Phishing campaigns, combined with security awareness training, achieve the following:
- Phishing campaigns simulate an email attack, sending emails to your employees to test their fortitude and see if they are practicing what they have been taught.
- The data then gets collected and reported, so management knows which employees require additional training.
- Security awareness training teaches your employees how to identify dangerous emails containing phishing scams, malware, ransomware, and spyware before they open them.
Phishing campaigns are included inside of ACT’s Managed Security Service offering. Learn how these simulated phishing attacks can provide your business with an extra layer of proactive protection and assist you in training your staff. Contact an ACT specialist today to learn more.