“Phishing,” it may sound like a dance our teenage children are doing on TikTok, but it is far more serious and something everyone who works or plays online needs to be aware of.
Definition of phishing:
the practice of tricking Internet users (as through the use of deceptive email messages or websites) into revealing personal or confidential information which can then be used illicitly
For week two of Cyber Security Awareness Month, we want to bring you the information and resources to protect yourself and your organization from phishing and spoofing attacks. These attacks occur when you receive a malicious email, website link, or text message on your smart device. Once clicked, your computer could become infected with malware or a virus. This can wreak havoc on your local machine, as well as the network on which you connect. Another consequence may be that you reveal personal information to cybercriminals, giving them access to bank accounts, or other sensitive, personal information. Often, these attacks are disguised as legitimate communications but don’t be fooled! Learn what to look for and how to prevent becoming a victim of a phishing or spoofing attack. The following tips are provided by the Cyber Security & Infrastructure Agency (CISA) and provide simple measures to help you avoid taking the bait:
All of this information is provided by the Cyber Security & Infrastructure Agency. We encourage you to share this information with your co-workers and staff. You can also download the pdf version provided by the CISA, and make it available to employees at your workplace.