By Lewis Howell, CISSP,
Founder & CEO, Hueya, Inc.
Who knew that getting a great deal on snowflake socks or yoga mats could put your organization at risk? It’s that time of year when the shopping frenzy is upon us. The holidays put everyone at a heightened risk for online scams, scareware, and phishing attempts. Your employees could be the perfect targets for cyber criminals to use phishing scams to infiltrate your company with malware or worse. Up to 95 percent of all attacks on enterprise networks are the result of successful spear phishing, according to a study by SANS.
Cyber criminals are lurking in the wings, and will strike and scam and spoof consumers via phishing techniques, because your employees are abuzz with high cheer and low guard—and are likely clicking and shopping during work hours. More than 75 percent of organizations allow access to social networking sites and apps on business devices, based on research by Wombat Security.
Social platforms enable humans to share and interact, but oversharing can make people—your employees—vulnerable to online crime. Attackers prey on human weaknesses such as fear, trust, carelessness. Driven by rampant oversharing on social media, the human has emerged as the primary target for cyber criminals who use imposter scams and social engineering techniques to easily break through their defenses. [Read more…]