What is a Phishing Attack?
Phishing is a criminal tactic designed to reel people in to reveal sensitive information or take some kind of action. It often takes the form of an email that’s asking for too much… like, ‘click this link I swear it’s safe!’ or ‘download this attachment and run the executable!’ or ‘I’m a nigerian prince and I have too much money, I have to give you some!’
Preventing Phishing Attacks
When people including c-suite executives and IT professionals are properly trained in cybersecurity and how to prevent phishing, they are able to identify red flags that technology hasn’t caught yet. THAT is raising awareness and how to avoid phishing attacks within your company.
Third-Party Phishing is also known as vendor email compromise or VEC. Instead of a cybercriminal going after you, the cybercriminal catches your vendor hook, line and sinker, and then uses them as bait to lure YOU in. Check out this video to learn how to prevent these phishing attacks from occurring.
Whaling is another form of phishing that seeks to take down the biggest fish in the sea. This is because the biggest fish – senior leaders – often have the most authority and influence, creating a large, valuable prize for hackers to try and catch. Click the game to see if you can spot the red fish in these phishing emails!