What are phishing attacks?
If you own an email address, be it for from your organization or personal email, you may at one point experience email phishing. Phishing attacks are scams that often use social engineering bait or lure content. Legitimate-looking communications, usually email, that link to a phishing site, is one of the most common methods used in phishing attacks. The phishing site typically mimics sign-in pages that require users to input login credentials and account information. The phishing site then captures the sensitive information as soon as the user provides it, giving attackers access to the information.
Another common phishing technique is the use of emails that direct you to open a malicious attachment—for example, a PDF file. The attachment often contains a message asking you to provide login credentials to another site such as email or file sharing websites to open the document. When you access these phishing sites using your login credentials, the attacker now has access to your information and can gain additional personal information about you which can lead to further attacks.
Today, cybercriminals are also using smishing. Smishing is SMS phishing, where attackers try to lure victims into revealing account information or installing malware through text messages. The effects is similar to phishing–an attempt to steal critical information or gain access to your credit card or financial records.
How do you protect your organizations against phishing attacks?
How we can help you mitigate threats from phishing attacks
We work with organizations to strengthen their security posture and protect their organization against cybersecurity threats, including leaked credentials, malware detection and more with threat protection tools from Microsoft productivity applications and cloud services. We also provide one-time security assessments to assess your organization’s vulnerabilities based on data from your infrastructure. Visit our CSAT page to learn more.
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