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  • Writer's pictureHoward Wright

Phishing Attacks: What Are They? And How You Can Prevent Them?

Phishing attacks are a type of cyber-attack where the attacker disguises themselves as a trustworthy entity, such as a reputable company or individual, in an attempt to trick the victim into providing sensitive information or performing an action that could compromise their security. These attacks are typically delivered via email, social media, or text message and can take on many different forms. Some phishing emails may contain links to fake websites that closely resemble legitimate ones, while others may contain attachments that are infected with malware. Phishing attacks can be difficult to spot, as they often use social engineering tactics to create a sense of urgency or fear that causes the victim to act quickly without thinking.

Phishing attacks are becoming increasingly common, with millions of attempts made each day. In fact, according to the 2021 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, phishing was the most commonly used tactic in successful data breaches. The effects of a successful phishing attack can be devastating, resulting in the theft of sensitive information such as login credentials, financial data, or personal identifying information. This can lead to financial loss, reputational damage, and legal liabilities.

With that being said, there is no single solution that will protect your organization from phishing attacks. The best defense is layered approach that overlaps multiple safety precautions together to create a comprehensive solution and with this regard companies can take several measures.

One effective approach is to provide training to employees on how to spot phishing emails and other types of social engineering attacks. This can include education on common phishing tactics, such as emails that contain urgent requests for personal information or emails that contain links to unfamiliar websites.

Companies can also implement technical measures such as email filters that can help identify and block phishing emails before they reach employees' inboxes. Additionally, it is important to ensure that software and systems are up to date with the latest security patches and that access to sensitive information is restricted to only those who need it.


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