Phishing is when hackers use fraudulent communications to trick your staff into handing over access to your network.

Along with social engineering, it’s one of the most successful forms of cyberattack in the United States. Hackers are constantly changing their methods to stay ahead of cyber defenders like Complete Network. Here are some phishing threats that we expect to grow in popularity in 2020.

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59% of security professionals see malicious email arriving in employee inboxes at least weekly. 

Mobile Phishing

On-premise email systems can now effectively block basic phishing techniques, so hackers are turning to personal email accounts, social media services, and mobile messaging systems to launch their attacks.

Mobile phishing has increased 85% year-over-year since 2011. 

Vishing and Smishing

Voicemail phishing (vishing) and SMS-based phishing (smishing) both request a person take urgent action to solve a problem with their technology. These attacks may use websites, fake phone numbers, or automated voice menus to collect information from a target.

Business Email Compromise

Business email compromise (BEC) attacks use detailed personal information about both the sender and receiver to build a solid relationship. After a relationship is established, the target is asked to pay a fraudulent bill or hand over valuable information. 

The financial damage done by BEC attacks has doubled every year since 2015.

Phishing Links Inside Shared Files

Because most email software now scans for fraudulent links, hackers have started placing those links into shareable files in Microsoft OneDrive or DropBox. Because the link looks legitimate, even savvy users have a higher chance of clicking on them.

How Complete Network Helps You Address the Phishing Challenge

Phishing is a dangerous threat that requires on-going vigilance and resolve to counter. Complete Network’s security solutions include several elements to stop phishing attacks in their tracks.

Awareness Training

Employees tend to greatly overestimate their company’s cyber defenses. Regular security training from Complete Network is the best first-line defense against the entire range of phishing attack.

Stronger Authentication

We can help you enable multifactor authentication on all your on-premise and cloud-based services. For maximum security we’ll skip temporary passcodes (those systems can be compromised) and implement biometric authentication.

Password Management Solutions

Password management solutions help employees create strong, unique passwords for each service, without having to write them down or risk forgetting them. We’ll implement an enterprise password management solution on all your devices, eliminating this common weakness.

Cybersecurity from Complete Network

Complete Network is a trusted, managed IT services and cybersecurity partner to businesses throughout New York’s Capital Region and Charlotte, North Carolina. If you’re a business in those areas that would like the help of a 20-year veteran of the cybersecurity field, we encourage you to reach out at 877.877.1840 or email us at [email protected]

The team at Complete Network can help you solve any cybersecurity issue you’re facing and enhance your operations. Schedule a comprehensive consultation today.

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