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Phishing attempts at work and the threats in 2023

Updated: Apr 22, 2023

Phishing attempts have long been a threat to workplace cybersecurity, and unfortunately, the problem is only getting worse in 2023. With the rise of remote work and the increasing sophistication of cybercriminals, organisations need to be more vigilant than ever when it comes to protecting against phishing attacks. Phishing attempts typically involve sending an email or other message that appears to be from a legitimate source, such as a colleague, a customer, or a service provider. The message will usually ask the recipient to take some action, such as clicking on a link or entering login credentials, that will give the attacker access to sensitive data or systems. These attacks can be devastating, leading to data breaches, financial losses, and damage to a company's reputation. One reason phishing attempts are so successful is that they often prey on our emotions and instincts. For example, a phishing email might use urgency or fear to try to get us to act quickly, without thinking things through. In other cases, attackers might try to establish a sense of trust by using familiar language or logos, or by appearing to come from a reputable organisation. In 2023, we can expect to see an increase in targeted phishing attempts, where attackers use more sophisticated techniques to gather information about their victims before launching an attack. For example, an attacker might use social media or other public information to craft a convincing phishing email that appears to be tailored to the victim's interests or preferences. To protect against phishing attempts, it's essential that organisations implement a comprehensive cybersecurity awareness training program that teaches employees how to recognise and respond to phishing attacks. This should include strategies such as checking the sender's email address, verifying the legitimacy of requests, and avoiding clicking on links or downloading attachments from unknown sources. In addition, organisations should consider implementing technical safeguards such as multi-factor authentication and spam filters to reduce the likelihood of successful phishing attempts. By taking a proactive approach to cybersecurity,

organisations can stay ahead of the evolving threat landscape and keep their data and systems safe from phishing attacks.

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