Have you ever received an email from a name you recognize, asking for a “favor”? If so, you have experienced a phishing scam. The name comes from fishing – cyber criminals are using legitimate names that you recognize to “lure” you in.  

Phishing tactics target users by sending an email that appears to come from a trusted source, such as a coworker, friend, or well-known company. They can have links that prompt you to enter credentials, or sometimes will ask for “favors” such as purchasing gift cards.  

The FBI Internet Crime Report showed that phishing scams were one of the most popular, with more victims than any other form of online scam. According to the FBI, Phishing represented over 38% of all cybercrimes in 2021, and these only counts “reported” attempts, while most go unreported. So how can you protect yourself and your company from falling victim to these scams?  

We recommend using an advanced third-party spam filtering system like Barracuda to catch some of these emails before they hit the inbox. However, the best tactic is educating users on how to spot a scam, such as checking the email address of the center to see if it is a recognized domain. We offer phishing simulation tests, where you can capture which users clicked on the link and then send education courses to them on an automated basis. 

As always, if you have any questions or would like to review your organization’s cybersecurity, please contact your account manager.