Phishing Emails

In a growing hostile world, it is everyone’s responsibility to safeguard your company’s, your customers’ and your own data and resources. The most common vector for data breaches and data exfiltration is through phishing and phishing emails.

Phishing emails are more prevalent now than they have ever been, and are becoming more sophisticated and much harder to identify.

For those who may not know what a “phish” or “phishing email” is:

It is a form of fraud in which an attacker masquerades as a reputable entity or person and distributes malicious attachments or links and/or attempts extraction of credentials or personal information through various means.

Below are two valuable resources that can teach you more about “phishing.” Please copy the link and paste it into your browser.

The first is a phishing email quiz made by Google – it’s very informative and will show you some techniques on how to spot a potential phish.

The second is a short video made by Cisco that shows some ways attackers can use your publicly accessible info to target you with a phish – and show the potentially detrimental consequences of falling for it.

Some Friendly Reminders:

-Do NOT click on any links from senders you do not trust. Even if it looks legitimate, take a second look before you click. (Verify sender’s address, check the link’s URL)

-You can always ask the sender to verify the email is legitimate (attackers can spoof email addresses)

-Report potential phishing attempts to

Stay diligence and stay safe!

 Matt S.  |  Cybersecurity Analyst, RPI