Employee awareness can reduce the number of corporate data leaks.
When it comes to data leaks, employee awareness can be a powerful tool in reducing the number of incidents. You can create a more security-conscious workforce by educating employees on the importance of data security and what constitutes a data leak.
By instituting policies and procedures for reporting suspected data leaks, you can create a system for quickly identifying and responding to potential threats.
Phishing is a big problem.
Phishing can lead to identity theft, financial fraud, and other types of crime. Therefore, it’s essential to be aware of phishing attempts and never give out personal information unless you’re sure the person or website is legitimate.
Data breaches are among the most common cyber threats. Yet, defense against data breaches is complicated because attackers have access to many sophisticated tools, including malicious software, fake websites that collect sensitive data, and phishing emails.
According to cybersecurity experts, more than 330 billion emails are sent and received by users every day, of which 3.4 billion are phishing emails.
Email is still king
Despite the popularity of social media and various chat applications, email has remained the central element of digital communication. The number of email users will reach 4.6 billion by 2025. Although hackers usually have specific targets, everyone provides a good attack surface when using a legacy email system.
More than 90% of all cyberattacks are carried out via email, posing a danger to individual users and businesses. Nevertheless, company executives tend to react to each attack only after the breach has already occurred.
We need a new mindset in the corporate world that emphasizes quick defense and prevention against data breaches and user education with the involvement of appropriate professionals.
How can businesses take action against cybercriminals?
It is incredibly challenging to identify online scammers, as they design email communications to appear as if they are coming from a reliable source (government, telecommunications provider, bank, etc.). Some spam emails contain embedded links that trick the recipient into clicking on them. In contrast, more sophisticated data-gathering emails only require the recipient to open the message to infect their computer with a virus via hidden code.
Operating systems now have built-in filtering services that analyze and prevent data mining emails from being delivered, but relying solely on technology is not enough. As cyber-attacks become more sophisticated, businesses need security systems to protect their data.
However, these systems cannot provide complete protection against all threats. Therefore, businesses should stay up-to-date on the latest security threats and technologies to help reduce the risk of a successful attack.
While technology can be a factor in protecting against spam emails, if a user still chooses to open one, businesses must provide training to their leaders and employees so they can identify different types of cyber threats and know how to handle them.