Defending Against Phishing Attacks

Phishing emails appear genuine but are actually fake. They might try and trick you into revealing sensitive information, or contain links to a malicious website or an infected attachment.

Scammers use publicly available information about you (social media) to make their emails appear convincing. Review your privacy settings and think about what you post.

Know the techniques that scammers use in emails. This can include urgency or authority cues that pressure you to act.

Scammers often seek to exploit ‘normal’ business communications and processes. Make sure you know your organisation’s policies and processes to make it easier to spot unusual activity.

Anybody might click on a phishing email at some point. If you do, tell someone immediately to reduce the potential harm caused.

Reporting incidents promptly to your IT team or manager can massively reduce the potential harm caused by cyber incidents.

 

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