Diary of a not-so-techie office manager of an IT company – May 2024

May 17, 2024 | 1 min read


PHISHING ATTACK – cyber security

The most common #CYBERSECURITY risk that SMR’s face is a phishing attack .

Attackers will send a fraudulent email or texts messages that appear to be legit and ask the recipient to do something. (usually click a link, or send some information in return).

Here are examples of legit-looking emails I received from my CEO & CTO. Luckily I knew my boss wouldn’t ask me to confirm my whatsapp number, but the payroll one could have duped me!

We are all busy, so it’s easy to be tricked by emails that appear to come from trusted sources.

If you receive any emails which feel weird, *always check the email address*. The hackers make the email come from the person’s name, but if you check the details it exposes them.

Here are a few things your business can do to reduce the risk:
– Implementing an employee training program to educate staff on how to recognise and respond to phishing attacks
– Deploy anti-phishing tools and software
– Use multi-factor authentication to protect sensitive data and systems

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