It’s recently been reported that 68 million Dropbox account credentials, including user emails and passwords, are now for sale on the dark web. Even if you’ve changed your passwords, you could still be at risk. Cyber criminals use information gathered from breaches like this to create highly sophisticated phishing scams, which are now on the rise. Earlier this month, a company found more than 70,000 fraudulent emails sent in just one campaign.
I’ve asked Paul Everton, founder and CEO, MailControl to share his insights with us. MailContro is a cyber security startup that protects enterprises from the threats presented by spymail. He previously founded Yapmo and Visible Vote.
Phishing attacks start with in-depth electronic surveillance of you and your company. Cyber criminals gather information from publically-available resources such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs and websites, as well as through more devious techniques such as embedded tracking code in email, known as spymail. They then use the collected information to create targeted outreach in the form of emails, or even phone calls, in an attempt to steal funds, disable corporate networks, steal sensitive data, and hold you and your business hostage. The industries that are most at-risk include legal, healthcare, and government because of the sensitive information they possess that can be used for identity theft, insider trading, blackmail, etc.
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to protect businesses from phishing attacks in my role as founder of cyber security startup MailControl. These are the steps I recommend you take:
Also, access to sensitive data should be provided on a need-to-know basis. For example, payroll data should only be accessible by certain individuals, not the whole accounting department.
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