Phishing emails are emails designed by hackers to appear legitimate.
Typically they have links or attachments which the attackers hope you will click on. If you do so, the impact can be minor (a virus which is subsequently cleaned up) to major (a direct hack of your systems resulting in financial losses).
Phishing emails vary in sophistication, many are automated.
What did we solve?
A client approached us as they handle a lot of customer data, both personal and financial. Their current team are attractive targets to potential hackers and wanted to stop phishing emails from harming their business.
How did we solve it?
We tested the companies cyber hygiene and recognized phishing emails, we advised further training and education to their team to help stop phishing emails posing a risk going forward.
Decoy is a good way of testing their cyber hygiene and recognizing phishing emails with the results used to identify further training and education is required.
This is an ideal way to determine how well your staff understand the threat associated with phishing emails, and also how well they understand your internal procedures in the event of receiving or clicking on one.
Think you have received a phishing email?
It is most certainly better to be safe than sorry, even if you are unsure – we would strongly advise you to speak to us to ensure there is nothing to be worried about and that you have not been victim to a potential cyber threat.
Things to look out for with phishing emails:
- URLs containing a misleading domain name
- Poor spelling and grammar
- The message is asking for personal details
- The message is threatening
- You didn’t initiate this email
- The information seems too good to be true
- The message seems to be from a government agency such as law enforcement
Protect Your Business
Contact our complete cyber experts to assist you on the next steps and how to prevent this from happening again in the future.