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Ward Infosec Series | What if you’re the next target?

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Ward Infosec Series | What if you’re the next target?

Spam Mails: One of the highest cyber-attacks that take place are due to phishing scams. Spam e-mails are sent out in mass quantities by spammers, some of them are actually sent out in order to obtain sensitive information. What’s shocking is, from our last survey, studies have shown that almost 14% of the organisation would pay a ransom if the value of data merited it. The rise in incidents both natural and cyber have also led to the rise in scammers. For eg; Days before Hurricane Harvey, the tropical storm was going to hit America really hard, many people wanted to help the victims but among those were scammers who wanted to take advantage of the situation. What they did was they ‘lure’ people into sending money through a malicious website which is meant for relief organisations but is actually a hoax. Hundreds of domains have been created with the word ‘harvey’ in them.

Now as a business here is something you can look at:

Phishing exercise:

More than 80,000 people fall victim to these scams which results in stolen identities, financial loss and credit card fraud. Conduct phishing exercises in your business and discuss the results with your staff. Maybe even sit down with a team or a person if required to make sure they understand how serious the situation is.

BetterCloud, an independent software company ran a phishing exercise that surprised many of their colleagues, who pride themselves on their security intelligence and wherewithal.

Some companies encourage this kind of training within organisations because it increases employee awareness and increases the overall security posture of your business.

Here’s what you need to do, if you think you have been affected or if you need any advice on precautionary steps to take in your information security strategy, e-mail  grainne@ward.ie or call 353 1 6420100 or +44 28 90 730 187 to discuss your unique requirements.