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PAGE 8 UPPER PENINSULA BUSINESS TODAY AUGUST 2019
DS Tech Shares 3 Best Practies For Thwarting Phishing Attacks
Leading Provider in Managed Technology Services Teaches
Cyber Security Prevention Measures ESCANABA, MI — June 2019 – DS Tech, a leading managed technology services provider (MTSP), is helping small to mid-sized business- es (SMBs) thwart cyberattacks and protect their organizations from unnecessary downtime by addressing the most common tactic that cyber- criminals use to attack modern workplaces; phishing. Phishing is the fraudu- lent practice of sending emails pur- porting to be from rep- utable com- panies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal informa- tion, such as passwords and credit card num- bers. According to PhishMe research, “91% of
the time, phishing emails are behind successful cyber attacks.” DS Tech is helping businesses identify the 3 tell-tale signs behind the majority of successful phishing attacks and how mere employee awareness can eliminate the vast majority of this threat from entering an organi- zation.
“The overwhelming majority of security breaches caused by phishing are completely avoidable,” stated Eric Wakkuri, President of DS Tech. “While cybercriminals have grown more sophisticated in their approach, the aver- age attack consists of the same key ingredients: an undereducated employee, effective bait and a temporary lapse in judgment. While we are in the business of securing an organization’s entire network and protecting them from any threats whatsoever, there are some initial steps that will safeguard a company without costing much time, energy or capital expenditure. These meas- ures we’d like to share are extremely easy to implement and are excellent first steps in pro- tecting a company from cybercrime.”
The first sign to look for is the sender’s name in the “From” field of the email. Cybercriminals often use misspelled email addresses, such as JohnnyStealyastuff@gmaail.com, for example,
in order to deceive the receiver into thinking that the email is coming from a reputable com- pany. At a quick glance, many recipients won’t recognize the typo in the address field and they’ll open the email which opens them up to the bait.
The next step for employees is to hover their mouse over links, instead of clicking them with- out thinking about it. Lots of hackers use very long links or they hope that the recipient will just click on the link right away instead of pre- viewing the destination by hovering above and making sure that the domains match where they expect to be directed. If the preview link looks suspicious, that’s probably because it isn’t a legitimate offer. We recommend deleting these types of emails.
The final step for employees is to look in the footer. One of the current laws around email marketing requires senders to leave a physical address within the footer of the email. This is often left-out by cybercriminals and is a very easy way to tell if the email is a phishing attempt. Furthermore, there should also be an “Unsub- scribe” button at the bottom of the email, which is another step that most hackers ignore.
By simply addressing these three initial steps, SMBs can avoid the vast majority of cyberat-
tacks coming at their business. They are some of the simplest, yet most effective ways at minimiz- ing risk within an organization. “If all organiza- tions were even this educated about cyberat- tacks, we would see a dramatic drop in inci- dents,” concluded Wakkuri.
ABOUT DS TECH
DS Tech, founded in 1976 as Delcomp, is a leading technology provider. The company’s mission is to increase its customers’ profitability, improve their pro- ductivity and give them a competitive advantage by implementing the right technology. DS Tech is the only provider that protects its customers from the two risks of technology - obsolescence and cost. As its cus- tomers’ trusted technology advisor, DS Tech has earned the position as the market leader and its cus- tomers’ business through quality products and services. DSTechistheultimateresourceforManagedITServ- ices, Cloud Technology, Business Phone Systems (VoIP and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) provision- ing), Network Security, Video Surveillance and Disas- ter Recovery. DS Tech delivers future technology today!
For more information on DS Tech Inc., call 906- 786-1699 or visit www.dstech.net.
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