March 15th, 2021 by admin
Cybersecurity has and will continue to be one of the most important aspects of running a successful business. Your customers rely on your ability to protect their sensitive information, and a data breach can cause irreparable damage, not only to your business but also to your customers' trust. The pandemic has created additional challenges for your business to remain protected. While some employees may return to the office, it is estimated that 30-50% of employees will remain remote in some capacity. This hybrid approach has created a need for robust cybersecurity and a proactive educational approach so that employees know what attacks are being used by hackers.
One of the more subtle ways hackers try to gain access to a business network is through a phishing scam. According to Dictionary.com, phishing is defined as "the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers." A recent tactic that hackers are using is by using PDFs. The hackers will send a PDF from what appears to be a reputable email account, and when the recipient clicks on the PDF attachment, a file executes, rather than a PDF opening. This particular attack is extremely deceptive as PDFs are a commonly attached file to emails. The executable program will grant the hackers access to the recipient's computer and potentially your business network. This vulnerability is problematic because it appears innocuous.
What Can Businesses Do?
Since these attacks seem so innocuous and difficult to spot on the surface, what can your business do to remain protected? Many of these exploits rely on human error to gain access to passwords and other sensitive information. At Digital Planet, we understand how challenging it can be for a business to ensure that its employees are educated. That is why we offer ongoing training for your business and employees. We will help by establishing policies that will make it harder for phishing scams to be effective. Our ongoing education will ensure that you and your employees know the latest scams and how to avoid becoming a victim.
Your employees are your first and last line of defense against phishing scams, and they must be educated and continue to receive updates on what to look for. When you partner with Digital Planet, we will ensure that your business has robust cybersecurity protection and your employees are educated on the latest scams. Contact us today to learn more about our cybersecurity solutions and how we can keep your business protected.