Phishing attempts are fraudulent attempts to obtain company information such as usernames, passwords and other valuable information by disguising oneself as a known or trustworthy entity through email or other electronic communication. Often, phishing attempts will direct users to enter personal information to a fake website designed to match the look and feel of a legitimate site.
Unlike traditional phishing attacks, spear phishing attacks are targeted at specific individuals or departments within an organizations. By utilizing this targeted approach, phishers are able to increase their chances of success by utilizing relationships that may have already been built up within a specific part of a company.
In fact, a staggering 91% of cyberattacks and the resulting data breach happen because of a spear phishing email according to research from Trend Micro. Unfortunately, what this data tells us is that as users, we really are the weakest link in IT security.
Many companies do not consider themselves at risk because "Our employees know not to click on those links." But that is the whole point of spear phishing. It is designed to look like it is coming from a trusted source. Don't let your business fall victim to a phishing attack. Let the professionals at ACS help you prepare your staff, and help you create effective backups in case something does happen.
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