Cybercriminals have a wide variety of tactics they use to infiltrate networks, impersonate people or businesses, and steal all of the information they possibly can. What's similar about many of these tactics is that they all involve a process called social engineering.
Social engineering is the psychological manipulation of people into performing tasks or providing sensitive information. It is often used as a tactic in phishing or spoofing scams to gain access to confidential information, systems, and logins through earning the confidence and trust of the unsuspecting target.
Social engineering can happen in one step but it is usually more complex. First, a scammer researches the intended target to learn necessary background information they could use to carry out the attack. This can include potential points of entry into a system or weak network security protocols. Next, the attacker works to gain the target's trust
Verify the address is legitimate and not being spoofed. Most businesses have an email signature that combines the user's first and last names, some with initials and some without. Don't be afraid to reach out to the sender via another form of communication to make sure the message is coming directly from the real sender.
If the message is at all suspicious, do not download or open any attachments, and do not click any links. They can contain malicious software that can download onto your device or network and compromise your security.
Login credentials are always sought after by cyberattackers. Using MFA adds an additional step to the login process that even if your entire system or a piece of your login information is compromised, the attacker will still be unable to gain access.
By keeping your antivirus up-to-date and activated, it can prevent malware from ever causing any harm by recognizing, quarantining, and deleting harmful software. A Managed IT service provider like CDS can make sure that your antivirus is current and operating correctly, as well as maintain your firewall, backup all of your data both onsite and on the cloud, and handle any potential entry point into your network before any cyberattack happens. Click below to schedule a free IT consultation to walk you through potential current security risks and actionable steps to make sure you are protected from cyberattacks, all at a lower, predictable cost.
Social engineering is just one weapon in the arsenal of cyberattackers that you should be aware of. Staying proactive, always verifying, and implementing the above precautions will help prevent most cyberattacks that can severely harm you, your business, and your clients. Stay proactive and always verify.
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