Gone Phishing! Understanding Security Scams and Business Complications

Today’s cybercriminals use sophisticated software to slip into businesses’ networks and gain access to a company’s most sensitive information. In many situations, however, threat actors and their advanced malware can’t cause any damage unless some basic human error has allowed them into the system. For all the focus placed on shoring up networks with advanced security software that guards against all types of threats, cyberattacks on businesses are too often instigated by a simple scam.

Business woman hacked computer

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The most common type attack is the phishing scam, where an e-mail purportedly from a legitimate source tricks the recipient into sending sensitive personal data, such as their log-in credentials or Social Security numbers, or to simply click on a malicious URL or document, such as a spreadsheet or PDF.

The importance of businesses protecting themselves against these types of attacks cannot be overstated. Today, the average cost can be into the millions of dollars, which could potentially destroy a small- or medium-sized businesses.

The accompanying checklist by Access One contains common types of security scams small businesses need to watch for, as well as some practical tips for protecting themselves. Your business may have a state-of-the-art security system, but that won’t help if someone opens the door for a cybercriminal.

Phishing Attack Infographic
Provided by Access One.