Cybersecurity: Threat of Phishing

Cybercriminals are posing a growing danger to businesses of all sizes. Attacks using phishing schemes are among the hardest to fight against. Phishing is a sort of social engineering in which cybercriminals employ psychological tricks to mislead victims into giving them sensitive information. The majority of phishing schemes use phony emails that seem to be from reputable sources.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) reports that phishing efforts are the starting point of almost 90% of all cyberattacks. You are still susceptible to one individual falling for phishing, regardless of how strong your cyber protection is.

Phishing emails are designed to make you feel as though you need to respond right away. The emails are made to appear authentic, as though they are from a bank, credit card company, business associate, official government body, or other reliable source. The emails take advantage of people’s willingness to provide a hand, their fear of something horrible happening, or, in certain situations, their excitement at a “free giveaway” reward.

The sophistication of phishing tactics is increasing. Because earlier phishing efforts frequently came from unidentified senders, had misspelled terms, and had poor grammar, they were simpler to spot. Phishing criminals have now figured out how to impersonate authentic websites in order to make emails appear more genuine.

The act of passing off a communication from an unidentified source as coming from a reputable, well-known source is known as spoofing. Look for demands for personal information, urgent action requests, and more formal, generic pleasantries when spotting increasingly sophisticated phishing efforts.

Protecting Yourself from Phishing Scams


  • Training is the most effective barrier against phishing! Provide regular refresher training that emphasizes the negative effects of falling for a phishing scam.
  • Give instances of the most recent phishing methods that are currently in use.
  • It should be emphasized in training that workers should never reply to information in these kinds of emails or click on links in dubious emails.
  • If you are not sure whether the email is authentic, verify by getting in touch with the information’s alleged source in a different manner. Speak with a coworker or use a search engine to get the company’s or agency’s contact details.
  • Ensure that everyone in the organization, even senior staff, must complete training.

Reporting Instances of Phishing

  • Assure staff members of the process for reporting phishing attempts and emphasize the significance of reporting any questionable emails. Out of the targeted employees, just 13% reported a phishing attempt, according to CISA’s testing results.
  • Launch a campaign to inform the whole organization on how to report a cyberattack attempt

Replicated Tasks:

  • Assess staff members through simulated exercises inspired by actual instances of phishing attempts.
  • Make sure refresher training is required for employees who do not pass the test.