Cybersecurity Training In Kingston, Brockville & Eastern Ontario
The increased number of work-from-home employees using home computers and personal devices put Canadian businesses at considerable risk. Cybercriminals make a living targeting undertrained people who struggle to identify and deter email hacking schemes. Business leaders may be troubled to learn the following statistics about cyber-attacks directed at your valued team members.
- Nearly 95 percent of all malware attacks come through email
- Email phishing schemes comprise 80 percent of all attacks
- Hackers steal $17,700 every minute via phishing attacks
- Organizations suffer an average loss of $3.92 million
To say these are staggering statistics would be something of an understatement. Few organizations prepare their employees for the full spectrum of possible email schemes and a single mistake can upend your achievements. OnServe delivers determined cybersecurity in Kingston, and Eastern Ontario, and gives employees the power of knowledge to defend against lethal email attacks.
How Hackers Exploit Employees with Malicious Email
The basic premise of an email attack does not appear overly sophisticated. A hacker, possibly on a laptop half-way around the world, sends out emails hoping an untrained worker will open one. If crafted well enough to appear legitimate, one of your staff downloads a file or clicks on a malicious link. Once that occurs, your network enters a world of hurt.
Some hackers steal sensitive digital assets and sell them on the dark web. Others take up residence within your business network without your knowledge. They may remain concealed for years while pilfering off data. But perhaps the most emotionally-jarring attack comes when a hacker implants ransomware, locks you out of the system and then demands a hefty payoff to access your own files.
Although entrepreneurs, CEOs, and other industry leaders may have top-tier antivirus software and firewalls, without cybersecurity awareness and training, hard-working employees remain a serious vulnerability at no fault of their own.
Most Lethal Email Threats So Far
In January, a leading Canadian insurance corporation suffered a cyber-attack that infested 1,000 individual computers. The firm, which sought anonymity out of embarrassment, reportedly paid out $950,000 US, according to the CBC. Despite having enterprise-level antivirus software and firewalls, hackers easily penetrated the network. These costly and humiliating ransomware attacks typically leverage email as a delivery system and focus on an outfit’s weakest link, its employees. These are heightened threats that keep business professionals awake at night.
- Malware: More than 90 percent of malware uses email as a delivery system. Digital thieves often create an email that appears authentic to trick workers into downloading the file.
- Phishing: This wide-ranging class of nefarious attacks tends to lure an employee to a website controlled by the perpetrators. Hackers commonly send out hundreds or thousands of emails hoping to play the odds your staff member will make a mistake.
- URL Phishing: This sub-category of email phishing inserts a link that appears authentic. The scheme often tricks workers into providing their login information.
- Spear Phishing: These more targeted attacks may use information from business and social networking sites to personalize the message. Common tricks include impersonating a colleague, loved one, or supervisor.
- Lateral Phishing Attacks: Clever hackers may take their time when overthrowing your business. Once an employee’s email has been compromised, hackers use their account to attack others in your business network. Basically, your organization goes under siege.
- Ransomware: Perhaps the most feared type of email attack, ransomware attacks begin by a malicious application entering your network. Once inside, hackers take control of the system and demand payment before sending you a decryption code. In many cases, businesses pay up but never regain control of their sensitive data.
Cybercriminals develop new schemes each time cybersecurity experts implement a defence. But these emerging threats go unknown to remote workforces and in-house team members until they are made aware.
Make Your Employees the Best Defense Against Lethal Email Attacks
The adage that ‘knowledge is power’ holds true in terms of educating employees. Unless they can detect and deter dangerous emails, the likelihood of your digital assets being compromised remain high. There’s a reason that hackers swindle nearly $18,000 every minute.
If you are an industry leader and have not yet provided cybersecurity awareness and training to your workforce, the organization remains at risk. But by working with a cybersecurity firm to provide ongoing education, your employees will form a frontline business defence you can trust.