Ward off Phishing Attacks by Training up Your Staff

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Cyber attacks are on the rise, and “phishing” – the practice of tricking insiders into answering e-mails, clicking links or otherwise exposing company networks to criminal intruders – is a leading tactic. Modern encryption can thwart many hackers, so crooks are focusing on the weakest link in the chain – people themselves. A recent study from the Anti-Phishing Working Group logged more than 1.2 million phishing attacks in 2016, an increase of 56% from the previous year. Furthermore, an analysis of known attacks from PhishMe, a company that helps employers guard themselves against e-mail-related frauds, estimates that nine out of…
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Despite Cyber Threat, Few Firms Train Staff in Security

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Even the most up-to-date firewall and virus protection will not protect you against the biggest threat to your organization’s cyber security – your employees themselves. Despite this only 45% of companies train their workers in how to prevent breaches, according to a new report released by the Ponemon Institute, even though 55% of organizations surveyed said they believe they had had a security breach caused by a malicious or negligent employee. And, 66% of respondents said employees are the weakest link in their efforts to create a strong security environment. The report says also even when there is training, there…
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Cyber Threat Mounts with Human Error and Ransomware

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Two new reports show two significant trends in the increasingly busy area of cyber security: Careless employees are a prime reason many companies’ databases are getting “phished” for data; and the rising tide of ransomware, where hackers freeze up a computer and demand payment to release it. And in a majority of cases, it is small and mid-sized firms that are being targeted. Don’t think you need to worry? Think again. When these malicious code-bearing e-mails (phishing and ransomware alike) are sent, there is an 11% chance that an employee will click on the link that will let the phishing…
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