When you think of email phishing scams do you picture senior citizens struggling to understand email and naively responding to bogus Nigerian requests for bank account information?
As it turns out, phishing scams don’t just affect individuals. Organizations of all sizes fall victim to phishing and other malicious attacks stemming from email. Networks can quickly become compromised. Sensitive data can be stolen and distributed within minutes.
Black hat hackers haven become pros at spoofing legitimate-looking sites that coax corporate email recipients to click on links to reset passwords, confirm account information, login to systems, and so on. Unfortunately, it just takes one employee to click on one of these links one time to cause a major security threat.
Network security breaches are happening regularly. Last November’s now-famous Sony Pictures cyber security breach is estimated to have cost Sony $15 million so far. This week’s attack on Anthem has compromised tens of millions of people’s personal information, including both Anthem customers and Anthem employees.
But cyber crime doesn’t have to be high profile to hurt bad, and small and mid-sized enterprises are getting attacked, too.
The good news is most email phishing attacks can be thwarted with advanced email filtering. Both incoming and outgoing email can be automatically scanned and quarantined when necessary. Management can mitigate risk by ensuring up-to-date enterprise email filtering is active and policing all inbound and outbound email.