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Most cyberattacks start with spear phishing—do you know what red flags to look for?
More and more companies are investing in cybersecurity as the rates of all attacks, especially ransomware, climb. A breach can be devastating to a company’s finances and reputation. As important as endpoint protection, active monitoring, firewalls, and other technical safeguards are, there is always the potential for human error. In fact, a study by Stanford University found that more than 80% of data breaches are the result of human error.
“Human error” can mean many things; a failure to comply with corporate account verification policies, unauthorized disclosures, and more. But one of the most common errors is clicking on or engaging with phishing attacks. Spear phishing strategies have gotten more advanced in recent years; hackers may comb your publicly available information, and information already leaked to the dark web, to craft a convincing email, text, or call. All they need is one, hasty click to infect your device and potentially breach your network.
The most common “red flags” of spear phishing include:
Below is a 5-question quiz to assess how well you can spot these red flags in real world examples. If you don’t get a perfect score, don’t worry; Digital Agent can help you get up to speed with our Security Awareness Training.
Scroll through the examples on the right and pick the red flags (if any) you see. Click through to the end to get your results! Not happy with them? Ask about Digital Agent’s Security Awareness Training programs.