Phishing, malware, and social engineering continue to top the charts as the most popular attack vectors in the cybercrime world.
If an organization was exploited in 2016, there’s a good chance it was via one of these methods.
In 2016, 1 in 14 users clicked on a phishing email. What’s more, cybercriminals are augmenting the wide-net casting technique with more sophisticated, personalized, and dangerous spear phishing attacks. And with 1 in 131 emails containing malware, it is a recipe for disaster if someone falls victim to these new, clever methods.
Cybercriminals develop new attack methods almost as frequently as new apps and mobile devices hit the market. And they know the best way to get in is the human. From phishy emails spoofing CEO requests for wire transfers to ransomware piggy-backing on legitimate-looking attachments, cybercriminals continue to rely on a lack of employee awareness as the most consistent way to break in.
Keeping Your Humans Aware
Protection against ransomware or cybercrime comes down to one thing: Your employees. They’re often your last line of defense against phishy emails carrying who-knows-what sort of malware.
That’s why, to recognize Week 1 of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM): Simple Steps to Online Safety, we’ve built a Keeping Safe from Cybercrime Toolkit to help you educate your employees on best practices for thwarting cyberattacks. Resources include:
- MediaPro’s Ransomware animation
- MediaPro’s newly released Spear Phishing animation
- Two STC resources on cybercrime and ransomware
- MediaPro’s How to Spot a Phishy Email infographic – great for sharing!
- MediaPro’s most recent on-demand webinar: Keeping Users Off the Spear Phishing Hook
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MediaPro is proud to work with Stop. Think. Connect as an NCSAM Champion.
Coordinated and led by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, NCSAM has grown exponentially since its inception, reaching consumers, small- and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation and internationally.