October 2021 is European Cyber Security Month, and this year’s theme is “Think before you click”. 

This is a very timely focus, as since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic there has been a significant increase in cybercrime, leading to 75% of organisations falling victim to some form of phishing attack during 2020. Cyber breaches can lose a business a great deal of money, but also a great deal of trust from the public. In today’s climate, data security is key, so ensuring you and your staff members know how to protect themselves and your customers from cyber attacks is paramount to helping your business grow. 

This is a daunting task, especially seen as there are many forms of cyber-attack, ranging in complexity and source. However, 90% of cyber breaches within organisations are due to human error, and many were the result of a phishing attack. We can help you protect your businesses cyber security from the outside, but here are some tips on what you and your colleagues can do to avoid falling prey to a phishing attack.  

So, what is phishing? 

Phishing is a form of cyber attack that relies on appearing as an email or message that comes from a trusted source, either requesting sensitive information or requiring you to click a link that will take you to a harmful website or download malware directly. 

What can I do to avoid it? 

How to spot a phishing email: 

  • Phishing emails will often look like they’re from someone you know, but is the message sent from the correct email address? Does it originate from the right company? These exact details will be hard to replicate, so keep your eyes on the email addresses and check the message is really from who it says it’s from. 
  • Is the domain name spelt correctly? 
  • Is the email poorly written? Does it contain bad spelling and grammar that would be unusual for that organisation e.g., your bank. Phishing emails are often written in poor English, or formatted strangely, so this can be a key identifier. 
  • Does it include suspicious attachment or links? Always think twice about opening any attachments or clicking links in emails – ensure you’re confident you know who sent them to you first. 

By building employee awareness, we can greatly reduce risk. You and your team are your businesses first line of defence, and those entrusted with the data of clients and customers. Cyber awareness training for employees can help prevent breaches caused by this type of attack, helps build a cyber aware culture, makes physical defences more robust and gives customers confidence in them as an organisation, so you can empower your team to learn more for the better of the business. 

Contact us to learn more about how Think Connect could support your business with Cyber Awareness Training.