When Emails Attack

5 Tactics to Prevent Phishing Exposure

Cyber criminals have used phishing emails to launch the vast majority of cyberattacks. Amid a wave of new data management regulations, the major data breaches of late reveal a critical risk vector that cyber criminals are exploiting: the human.

Major data breaches, such as the notable cyberattack on Target, start with a phishing attack. In these instances, bad actors will send fraudulent emails claiming to be from reputable companies or commercial partners to trick individuals into revealing personal information such as passwords and credit card numbers.

Detection of phishing attempts should be a priority for all organizations, regardless of size, location or industry. After all, there is a consistent critical gap that cyber criminals are still heavily exploiting, which is the human. According to Tripwire, 76 percent of organizations are still the target of phishing attacks. Perhaps even more alarming is that only 65 percent of organizations knew what a phishing attack was, while Digital Guardian maintains that 91 percent of cyberattacks start with a phishing email.

To help businesses mitigate cyber risk and stay compliant with the latest cybersecurity and data management regulations, here are five best practices to follow when monitoring for phishing attempts.

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