Email Phishing: Know the Enemy

April 1, 2017

Email Phishing: Know the Enemy

By Travis Vogt

Think of your email inbox as a wide open virtual front door to your computer network, as it is inherently necessary to allow communications from outside parties to come in. It’s through this access that attackers use phishing campaigns to try to breach your network. Phishing, in its simplest terms, refers to an attacker masquerading as someone or a business to get you to do something you shouldn’t. There are many types of phishing, from phone calls to text messages but, by far, the simplest and most effective method is email.

This article examines three popular goals of phishing emails and what can be done to prevent and mitigate the potential damage. Sun Tzu wrote in The Art of War, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” If you know how cyber criminals use email phishing, and know what you can do to prevent being a victim, you can be more secure when accessing your inbox.

Excerpted from the article originally published in the April/May 2017 edition of The Accountant. Read the full story: Email Phishing: Know the Enemy (PDF)

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