Tax season is one of the most active times of the year for cybercriminals – without the right IT security support, your business could be an easy target.
It’s that time of year again – the IRS, state tax agencies, and finance professionals across the nation are once again urging everyone to be on the look-out for scams as they file this year’s taxes.
The number one most popular and effective type of cybercrime scam at this time of year is “phishing”, a method in which fraudulent emails are sent to targets that appear to be from reputable sources in order to access and steal sensitive information such as passwords, account details, credit card numbers, social security numbers, and more. It doesn’t take as much as you may think for a cybercriminal to convince a target that they are a superior in order to persuade employees to give them money, data, or crucial information.
How Can You Spot A Phishing Email?
Effective IT security often comes down to simply knowing what to look for. The most recent trends and patterns in phishing scams include:
In a nutshell? Cybercriminals will do whatever it takes to seem like they’re an official or familiar source. They will research you and your employees on social media, copy a superior’s email signature, scare the employee into action with a false sense of urgency, and more, just to get the recipient to act without thinking. Once the target has divulged private information, clicked a malicious link, or downloaded malware, the cybercriminal has won. This inevitably leads to extensive damage to the business where the recipient works.
How Can You Keep Your Business Safe?
So what’s the answer? What can the average business professional do to keep themselves and their company safe when criminals are employing such deceitful methods? In addition to equipping your business with the best technology security services, you should also be sure to educate and test your employees on IT security best practices and knowledge. Make sure they understand the following:
Think of it this way – cybercriminals keep doing the same old thing because users keep falling for the same cybercrime scams without ever seeming to learn from the experience. Make sure you and your staff do your due diligence to protect your business.
Making network security education routine for your entire team – management included – is the most effective way to stop a phishing attempt. Waiting for another major cyberattack to start making the rounds is not the time to start investing in your staff’s cybersecurity awareness. Allow us to help – we’ve been providing IT security services to businesses like yours for years, and we will do the same for you.
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