The cost of spear phishing attacks is rising, and traditional email security approaches are ill-equipped to stop them.
Cybercriminals are constantly coming up with more sophisticated ways to breach network security protections. Spear phishing attacks are growing and becoming increasingly expensive–and the companies in your client base may not be fully prepared to deal with these new threats.
While your customers may be generally familiar with phishing emails and how they work, spear phishing schemes are more sophisticated and can rope in end users that otherwise wouldn’t fall for traditional email scams.
That’s because these attacks are carefully researched and planned by their perpetrators, highly personalized, and designed to impersonate a trusted colleague or business. And rather than spreading a virus that might be detected by traditional email protection technologies, the emails are created to steal login credentials, financial and other personal information that can be used to commit additional crimes.
VARs and MSPs should educate their customers about how spear phishing works, the threat it represents to their business, and how to leverage end user training and advanced security technology to thwart these attacks.
Spear Phishing 101
When educating clients, you should share the foundational components of a spear phishing attack and why they need to take this threat seriously. Here are a few basics you should be sure to cover:
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