How Can Cybersecurity Awareness and Training Help to Prevent Phishing Attacks?

How Cybersecurity Awareness Can Help Prevent Phishing Attacks

Phishing is the top cybersecurity risk for organizations today.

As we store more of our information online, the more at risk that information is. Unfortunately, cyberattacks can happen to any business of any size. Attackers can target your employees via email, text message, luring them onto malicious fake websites. Counterfeit websites play a big role in phishing exploits. They work because they imitate trusted companies to instill confidence in potential victims.

Axis Cyber Labs helps businesses protect themselves with security services and awareness training. 

What is Phishing?

Phishing is a social engineering type of cyberattack. Usually, these involve an attacker disguised as someone trustworthy. The attacker then uses that disguise to get into a computer and steal information or plant dangerous software.

In this type of attack, attackers often try to persuade victims to click links to malicious websites or malware. Other phishing attacks trick users into providing personal information like usernames, passwords, or bank account numbers.

Phishing has remained the most common method of cyberattack for more than a decade. Check out our blog post, 5 Ways to Protect Yourself from Cybercrime in 2021, to learn more about how you and your staff can protect against these and other cyber attacks. 

What are the Types of Phishing Attacks?

There are numerous tactics that attackers use to try and phish for information. Here are eight common types:

  • Email Phishing – Emails sent to employees of companies, often posing as someone trusted or known. These emails try to mimic company emails in design and branding and usually contain fake URLs.
  • Spear Phishing – Spear attacks are more personalized and targeted than generalized email blasts. These often contain information about the target as a means to gain their trust.
  • Whaling – Whaling attacks are spear attacks that target “big fish” like c-suite executives.
  • Baiting – Baiting attacks try to entice the target to download a file.
  • False Websites – Spoofed websites are designed to look like familiar brands’ sites and are used to collect  information or launch malware attacks.
  • SMS / Text Message Phishing – Smartphone users tend to trust SMS text messages more than other forms of communication. These texts are especially effective and dangerous!
  • Voice Phishing – Similar to email phishing, voice phishers often pose as agencies in positions of power to intimidate the targets into divulging important information.
  • Tech Support Scamming – Tech support scams involve the attacker posing as a helpful technical support person. When these are successful, victims provide access to personal accounts and data. 

Schedule a Security Awareness Training

So, how exactly can a cybersecurity awareness training help? There is only so much you can do to prevent phishing attacks from reaching your employees. The best method of defense is spreading awareness. Ensure the safety of your employees and the protection of your business’s private data by scheduling Security Awareness Training for your team. If your employees are armed with the knowledge of how to identify a phishing attack, how to report it to the IT team, and what steps they need to take if they think they may have been the target of one, they will have a greater chance of keeping their information and private company data safe. Axis Cyber Labs offers a comprehensive learning experience that caters to different learning styles and helps employees to understand how to protect against potential cyberattacks and phishing scams, which will result in the protection of your private data and the safety of your team and customers.

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