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State of the Phish: What Are Phishing Attacks & How to Avoid Them

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Phishing.jpgDo you know what a phishing attack is and how to recognize them? Are you training you training your employees?

Wombat Security recently published a report on the State of Phishing attacks. The report highlights that phishing attacks are increasing, becoming more sophisticated and varied in their approach to tricking potential victims. These come in the form of emails, phone calls, SMS messaging and USB attacks.

Included in this report are some of the common messages that are being utilized so beware when they appear in your inbox.
  • Delivery Status Notification
  • Full mailbox notification
  • Spam quarantines
  • Benefits enrollment messages
  • Invoices
  • Confidential HR documents
  • Shipping confirmations
  • Wire transfers
  • Insurance notification
  • Auto insurance renewal
  • Frequent flier accounts
  • Bonus miles
  • Photo tagging
  • Frozen accounts,
  • Big-box store memberships
  • Social networking
  • Gift cards

The aftermath of phishing attacks can be devasting to an organization, whether through loss of employee productivity, damage to reputation, or money lost.

At R&R we strive to continually educate our business partners on various Cyber risks. Download our Cyber e-Book for more information on protecting your business.

Topics: Cyber Liability, phishing