Although we’ve been talking about email fraud and phishing scams for more than a decade now, it hasn’t become any less prevalent – instead, the bad actors have just gotten better at their malicious craft. And perhaps we’ve all gotten a little careless and lazy too because we expect improved software technology to catch these things before they ever show up in our inbox.
Now rather than sending unbelievable emails about how a long-lost relative needs your financial help or that you’re the heir to a large sum of money left behind to you by a prince in a faraway land, cybercriminals have learned how to effectively spoof display names and domains so that these incoming emails look credible at first glance. And to make their emails look and sound even more legitimate, attackers have learned to effectively use formal business language that often relates to past due invoices or tax payments which can often cause users to have a momentary panic and open an attachment without thinking.
While many of these email fraud and phishing communications can be stopped through the implementation of a multi-layered IT security approach, the reality is that you can’t underestimate the impact well-educated users can have on preventing such scams from impacting your business. At ATB, our IT experts understand all of the buzz words you may have heard about but aren’t sure what they do, such as
- Domain-based Message Authentication Reporting & Conformance (DMARC)
- Dynamic Classification
- Email Authentication
- Lookalike Domain Discovery
- Data Loss Prevention
Additionally, we can help you effectively train your staff and work with you to create user policies specific to your business. Believe it or not, the number of small businesses impacted by a phishing attack or email fraud grew in 2017, and the prospects for 2018 aren’t looking much better.
To learn more about our full range of IT consulting services, contact ATB today to schedule a complimentary consultation.