Kids may love Halloween and historians might look forward to Columbus Day, but when it comes to those of us in the IT and Internet Security world, nothing says October quite like Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Launched in 2004 by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a reminder to us all that internet safety and security are key.
The overarching theme, “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart”, calls for individuals and businesses to play a role in protecting their part of cyberspace. In particular, the National Cybersecurity Alliance is calling for everyone to implement stronger security practices, raise community awareness, and educate others.
As you might imagine, at INKY, Cybersecurity Awareness Month is our vibe. We are award-winning, ferocious phishing fighters – perfectly positioned to share our knowledge and expertise during Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and beyond. Why? Because this is a fight, we are all in together.
Email phishing poses an overwhelming threat to businesses of all sizes. Without understanding the different types of phishing threats and protecting your organization against them, your company is at risk of suffering irrecoverable damages. In fact, in 2020, businesses lost more than $1.8 billion due to business email compromise scams. Corporate data breaches cost companies $129 million. And more than $29 million was lost due to ransomware attacks.1 At INKY, our goal is to make sure your company doesn’t become one of these statistics. So, to help spread phishing awareness, we’d like to share some best practices and resources included in the INKY guides below.
IT Guide for Securing Email
Keeping email users safe goes well beyond changing passwords and using built-in security tools. Learn how to spot suspicious phishing emails and what tools can help keep your company’s emails secure.
Guide to Surviving Email Fraud
The best way to manage email fraud is to prevent it, but that’s not always possible. Learn some security strategies that help prevent and recover from email fraud.
Understanding Phishing: Fake Attachments
Malicious attachments have been around for a long time, but malicious fake attachments are something entirely new. Learn how to spot them and how to best prevent getting phished.
Understanding Phishing: CEO Impersonation
What looks like an email from your boss, could be a costly phishing scam. Also known as Business Email Compromise (BEC), it’s one of the most dangerous phishes in the sea.
Understanding Phishing: Account Takeover
Sometimes it starts with a password that’s easy to compromise. From there, a hacker can not only find ways to access your files and reset existing passwords, but they can also impersonate you in order to phish every one of your contacts. Learn how to prevent account takeover.
Understanding Phishing: Invisible Characters
With the use of this new phishing scam, the bad guys use HTML and CSS styles to help ensure their phishing emails look legitimate enough to get through Secure Email Gateways (SEGs). Find out why this is one phishing threat most companies never see coming.
Understanding Phishing: Credential Harvesting
Scammers can find so many good uses for stolen email credentials that now they actually go to the trouble of harvesting them. Learn how to detect and handle these dangerous phishing threats.
Understanding Phishing: Email Banner Effectiveness
INKY’s unique banner system is distinctive yet unobtrusive. Each of the three colors used alerts users to the danger level of the email. Learn why they are so effective at helping your organization understand exactly what threats are coming their way.
Understanding Phishing: How a Ransomware Attack Unfolds
Ransomware attacks have been all over the news this year, as more companies become victims of this costly phishing attack. Learn the methods used by ransomware attackers and make the connection between ransomware and phishing.
If you’ve been a victim of an email phishing scam, the government has agencies that will do their best to help you recover your losses and possibly prevent the same thing from happening to others. It’s not always possible to regain what you’ve lost, but it’s always a good idea to report the incident and see what you can recoup. Some of the leading government agencies fighting phishing attempts include:
- Internet Crime Complaints: https://www.ic3.gov/
- Report phishing attempts to help others from falling prey. Email your phishing email messages and website locations to the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Report and Submit Malware: https://www.malware.us-cert.gov/MalwareSubmission/pages/submission.jsf
To truly have a handle on phishing threats, you need a third party’s assistance. INKY offers a relentlessly effective level of security, capable of detecting and stopping phishing threats and similar cybercrimes before any employee falls for them. Using computer vision, artificial intelligence and machine learning, INKY provides a level of ingenuity that is unlike other email security platforms. INKY sees things the way humans do, recognizing logos, brand colors, email signatures and more — but it also sees the millions of things humans can’t, spotting imposters by as little as a pixel.
Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart. Call INKY for a free demonstration.
INKY® is the most effective hero in the war against phishing. An award-winning cloud-based email security solution, INKY® prevents the most complex phishing threats from disrupting or even immobilizing your company’s day-to-day business operations. Using computer vision, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, INKY® is the smartest investment you can make in the security of your organization. INKY® is a proud winner of the NYCx Cybersecurity Moonshot Challenge and a finalist in the 2020 RSAC Innovation Sandbox Competition. Learn more about INKY® or request an online demonstration today.