When companies attempt to foster a risk-aware workplace culture, they prevent employees from becoming unwittingly participating in cybercrime.
Fremont, CA: Cybersecurity awareness is the knowledge of and action taken to secure an organization's critical assets. When employees are cybersecurity conscious, it means they understand what cyber dangers are, the possible impact a cyber-attack will have on their company, and the procedures necessary to decrease risk and prevent cyber-crime from penetrating their online workspace.
Creating a culture of cybersecurity awareness in the organization will not guarantee that it will be completely safe from data theft or cyber-crime. Malware has proliferated, getting more complex with each new strand generated, and we expect cyber-threats and malware to continue to evolve and spread. In 2005, it was stated that 123 new malware strains were discovered every day. Ten thousand of those threats were new malware strains throughout that year. In Q3 of 2016, four new strains of harmful malware were detected every second, according to research - it's important to note that these were the strains that cybersecurity organizations had discovered and recognized. As new malware strains emerge, businesses must ensure that they are installing adequate security measures, educating their personnel, and eradicating any vulnerabilities that could make them vulnerable to an attack. Human error is a heinous crime resulting in hefty fines and irreparable corporate harm.
Increase in Spear-Phishing
Spear-phishing is a malicious email spoofing attack that tries to obtain access to the software by downloading dangerous malware via an attachment. The attackers aim to get unauthorized access to sensitive information by targeting certain organizations or individuals. If the recipient of the email opens the attachment, malware is downloaded into their computer. This allows hackers to gain access to the company's software, allowing them to travel laterally in search of sensitive and valuable data. It's rare for spear-phishing attacks to be launched by random hackers with no specific aim in mind; instead, they're more likely to be carried out by hackers seeking financial gain, industry secrets, or sensitive information.
While spear-phishing may appear to be a simple act, it has grown to become incredibly difficult to detect in recent years, especially if no prior knowledge or spear-phishing prevention software is in place. Victims' personal information is used to track them down on the internet.
An employee's email address, interests, employment role, geographic location, and any posts about new things they've just purchased, for example, could all be found on their social media profiles by a hacker. With all of this information, the hacker impersonates a friend or a familiar entity and sends their victim a convincing but deceptive and malicious message. Victims have been prompted to open a malicious attachment or click on a link that brings them to a faked website where they are required to provide passwords, account numbers, PINs, and access codes in certain cases.