One email can be responsible for a company succumbing to ransomware and having to face costly downtime. It also leads users into handing over their credentials which are then used by hackers in targeted attacks on customers
One fake or phishing message could compromise your business’s data, leading you down the path towards being hacked yourself! You should never believe anything that contacting us will ask from our end of communication–especially if they demand payment first before providing any assistance (which we do NOT Ever Do).
One unfortunate phishing email can be enough to compromise your company and subject it into endless financial hardship. There are also the hackers who will use this opportunity for targeted attacks on customers, which has been seen as one of today’s most dangerous threats in cyberspace!
The risk of being targeted in a cyber-criminals’ attack is very real! With so many resources devoted to combating them, it’s no wonder that these criminals have become one the most dangerous threats on today’s internet.
Mobile phishing threats skyrocketed by 161% in 2021.
Your best safeguards against the continuous onslaught of phishing include:
- Email filtering
- DNS filtering
- Next-gen antivirus/anti-malware
- Ongoing employee cybersecurity awareness training
Here are some of the latest phishing trends that you need to watch out for in 2022.
Phishing Is Increasingly Being Sent via Text Message
In order to avoid being phished, always be cautious when opening emails that seem suspicious or new. If it’s not from a known source and has an unfamiliar layout of text on images with little context for what you’re seeing – don’t click!
The fact that people are more likely to trust a text message than an unexpected email makes sense. After all, we depend on our phones for everything from directions home in case of emergency situations and checking if it’s time for dinner yet – there’s no way someone could just get access without us knowing!
Cybercriminals are now taking advantage of the easy availability and low cost associated with mobile phone numbers to launch phishing attacks. These types preys (called “smishing”) have seen an increase in volume over recent months
With more people than ever receiving text messages, retailers and service businesses have been pushing the updates for their sales%u0026 deliveries via this means.
This is made even easier by the fact that SMS messages can appear to come from any person or company in order for them get your user’s attention.
Business Email Compromise Is on the Rise
Though ransomware has been a growing threat over the last few years, it’s about to get even worse. A new up-and coming form of attack is beginning become quite lucrative and thus grow in popularity too!
Business email compromise (BEC) has been on the rise and is now being exploited by attackers to make money off things like gift card scams, fake wire transfer requests.
The danger of BEC is that when an employee or customer emails their boss they can be convinced to give up sensitive information like passwords. This makes these messages perfect tools for cybercriminals looking into company email accounts because it will seem more authentic than random strangers trying access them outside sources
We all know how important our personal emails account are but did you also consider the potential risks involved? When someone gains access (hacked) this way; not only do we have breaches in security which could lead down any number directions–including identity theft-but there may even come physical harm
Small Businesses Are Being Targeted More Frequently With Spear Phishing
While the fear of being hacked is more prevalent in larger companies, it doesn’t mean that small businesses can be immune. Cyberattacks on these types often have fewer security measures and higher consequences for their targets than attacks against major corporations because there’s less IT staff who may Personal data stolen from your company when you least expect them!
The most common way that data breaches happen is when employees take advantage of vulnerabilities in order to get access for themselves. This can be done by mistake or on purpose, but either way it’s a serious problem considering how much these things matter- especially since 40%of small businesses become victims!
Spear phishing is the most dangerous form of email scam because it’s targeted and not generic. This type has been used in attacks with BEC, which stands for “Bargaining emails.”
The current trend is that spear phishing has become much more efficient and targeted. This type of cyber attack was once reserved for larger companies, but now any small or medium-sized business can be hacked by criminals with enough resources due to their quick set up timeframes (as opposed to taking days). Even state sponsored hackers will take advantage when they see an opportunity like this coming towards them!
The scammers are getting smarter and targeting smaller businesses with tailored attacks that can be more difficult for the user to identify as a scam.
The Use of Initial Access Brokers to Make Attacks More Effective
The criminals are always looking for ways to make their attacks more profitable. They treat cyber crime like any other business and work tirelessly on improving its efficiency all the time!
This is where the initial breach happens. The outside specialist, called an “initial access broker,” will get inside your system and help you understand what information can be accessed by hackers within a company or network account so that it’s easier for them to go after more valuable assets later on down the line
Since the increasing use of these experts in their field, phishing attacks have become even more dangerous and difficult for users to detect.
Business Impersonation Is Being Used More Often
It’s no longer enough to just impersonate someone in an email; now, phishing attackers are going after business relationships. They use these emails with logos and formatting that look very much like those used by companies a user might know or do business with–but it isn’t legitimate!
Sometimes the smaller companies are easier pickings for scammers because they don’t have as much security or staff on hand. For example, last year there was a breach at one company that had impacted over 40k customers by falsely posing as them and tricking folks into logging in to an account where you’ll find out your information has been compromised too!
The use of business impersonation in phishing attacks is an interesting new twist that will force users to be suspicious about all emails, not just those from unknown senders.
Is Your Company Adequately Protected from Phishing Attacks?
The only thing standing between you and your company’s wellbeing is cybersecurity. If that doesn’t sound too appealing, we can help! Contact us for a multi-layered security audit so our team knows what needs improving in order to keep this up at all times