While we are all trying to do our part to alleviate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), some have taken advantage of the crisis by sending coronavirus related phishing emails to companies nationwide. These emails can include fake hyperlinks to maps showing infected areas/rates or legitimate government agency names, warnings to download COVID-19 related documents, or links to a hospital or healthcare institution.
Whatever it may be, Corporate Technologies wants to ensure you and the rest of your organization are well-prepared and ready to handle this threat. Therefore, we’ve compiled the top 5 tips to combat email phishing:
- Look at the email address it was sent from. Is anything misspelled or full of jumbled letters?
- Use link hovering to verify the final destination of any links. You can do this by simply hovering your mouse over the link and reading the URL (web address) at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.
- Never open attachments or click on links unless you’ve verified that they’ve come from a trusted source.
- If you clicked on a malicious link or attachment, change your password immediately.
- Train yourself and your team on identifying phishing emails with mock phishing scenarios
Email Security Training
Email security training is for employees to develop security awareness. We use and offer a service that allows you to test and train your users to minimize the dangerous risks of social engineering, phishing, and ransomware attacks. This service provides thousands of phishing templates that you send to your users to test their attentiveness. Your organization will be provided with security awareness test reports that show each user’s clicking, replying, data entering, reporting, and attachment opening activity. This information is used to generate a phishing-prone percentage which informs you on their phishing detection and consciousness.
Social Engineering– when a hacker manipulates, influences, or deceives you to gain access to your system
Phishing– attempting to gain sensitive information (usernames and passwords) by disguising as trustworthy sites
Ransomware– malware that locks users out of their devices or blocks access to files potentially until money or ransom is paid
Here at Corporate Technologies, we offer our customers Email Security Training as an add-on. Especially during this pandemic, this could certainly be beneficial for your company’s users. Contact us today to find out more!
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