Human error is a key part of any malicious cyber attack. Even sophisticated malicious software often depends on a user responding properly. A mistake by one of your employees could completely invalidate even the most stringent security measures, so you should conduct regular tests to make sure they will respond to cyber attacks properly.
Here are just three to consider.
- Phishing Security Test
Phishing attacks are becoming increasingly common. You’ve probably been targeted yourself, even though you might not have fallen victim to the ploy. Essentially, phishing emails try to trick people into providing sensitive information. The Nigerian prince looking for an account number and sort code to dump his millions is your classic phishing email, but many others are surprisingly hard to detect.
Employees often fall for phishing scams, and this puts both their personal information and your business infrastructure in jeopardy. Conducting a phishing security test involves sending out mock phishing attacks. You’ll be able to see where improvements are needed, and you’ll teach your employees a valuable lesson.
- Email Exposure Check
Ever noticed how some business people conceal their email addresses, requiring special forms to get in contact. That’s because they’re concerned about business email addresses being exposed on the internet. Cyber criminals can use them for everything from ransomware attacks to phishing. Email exposure checks search the web to see how vulnerable your employee’s email addresses are and where they might have been displaying them.
- Domain Spoof Test
Domain spoofing involves creating an email address that looks like it comes from within your company. That account will usually be designed to look like a member of upper management, and it will be used to try to trick more junior employees into providing their sensitive information or forwarding data vital to your business.
Do your employees know how to tell the difference between a legitimate email address and a domain spoof attack? If the answer isn’t a resounding ‘yes’, you should think about conducting a domain spoof test.