Environmental Services Client Recover From Spear Phishing Attack With Help From Network Heroes
Cybersecurity is all about prevention — once you’ve been infected with ransomware, or given your passwords to a spear-phisher, there’s nothing you can do but try to limit the damage, and then take steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
This was the case for a client of ours in the environmental services field. Before working with us, they were working with an unresponsive IT company. Eventually, due to a lack of cybersecurity support, and a lack of awareness on their team, they were hit by a spear-phishing campaign.
In case you don’t know, conventional phishing is a method in which cybercriminals send fraudulent emails that appear to be from reputable sources in order to get recipients to reveal sensitive information and/or execute significant financial transfers.
Whereas a lot of phishing attempts are sent out via mass email, spear-phishing is the opposite. Instead of casting a wide net, the cybercriminal picks a single, high-value target. They do their research so that the email has the recipient’s name, position, company, and other details correct.
That’s what happened to this environment services client. Once they realized what had happened, it became clear they needed better IT support. That’s why they came to us.
With Our Help, They Won’t Be A Spear-Phishing Victim Again
In order to enhance their cybersecurity defenses and prevent another phishing attack from victimizing them, we implemented three key measures:
- Spam Filter: A powerful spam filter will keep a majority of dangerous emails from entering their inboxes.
- 2FA: Two-Factor Authentication adds an extra layer of protection in the login process, meaning cybercriminals will need more than stolen passwords to break into company accounts.
- Phishing Awareness Training: The most effective defense against phishing is awareness, and our team helps to train theirs to spot phishing emails. Now that their employees know what a phishing email looks like, they’re much less likely to take the bait.
Network Heroes Will Help You Defend Against Phishing
If you’re reading this story, then you’re probably worried about phishing — that’s a good thing, it means you’re taking the threat seriously. After all, 65% of organizations in the US have been hit by phishing.
The bottom line is that you can’t ignore the threat of phishing, and by reading this blog, you’re not. And luckily for you, protecting against phishing doesn’t mean you have to understand how to install and configure a complex firewall, or shell out for a next-generation cybersecurity solution.
If you learn only one thing from this article, it should be that phishing doesn’t rely on digital security vulnerabilities or cutting edge hacking technology. Phishing targets the user, who, without the right training, will always be a security risk, regardless of the IT measures set in place. Network Heroes will assist you in training your staff to understand and spot phishing scams when they hit their inbox.