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Australians lost almost half a billion dollars to scammers in 2018 according to the latest figures in the ACCC’s Targeting Scams report. Australian businesses are also being targeted by sophisticated ‘business email compromise scams’ with reports of losses to Scamwatch and other agencies exceeding $60 million in 2018. View more statistics

The techniques of cybercrime are evolving to include the programming of human beings, through social engineering techniques employed to gain access to your company.

Identify and report suspicious behaviour before it can compromise a network.

Understanding social engineering

Social engineering is a technique employed by criminals to obtain classified or confidential information.

The methods used to trick information from the target are almost as varied as the types of information gained; hackers will find a use for almost anything. 

A report released by Symantec showed that real names, social security numbers and dates of birth were the three types of information breached most often. The remaining six cover emails, usernames and passwords, as well as addresses, medical records, insurance details and financial information. 

It would seem that there isn’t much that hackers can’t make use of, which could prompt many of us to feel that the only solution is to unplug our modem and live in a cave. Thankfully, the world of information security training has proved more than capable of meeting the demands set by hackers.

Fighting the good fight

Nobody wants to let fear control them, in the same way that a business should have confidence in its employees’ abilities. Whether this be the most complex of IT security procedures or simply knowing if an attachment is safe, every interaction is important. 

The ability to identify and report suspicious behaviour before it can compromise a network can be crucial to the long-term health of your business. Below are a few alert signs that every employee, and employer, can benefit from looking out for today.

  • Facebook – Most employees shouldn’t be on Facebook during work hours. However, fake Facebook requests, attachments sent in private messages, or external links a friend has ‘shared’ could all lead to unapproved external access. 
  • Email – Fake bank messages, urgent requests from an unknown ‘friend’ and strange looking messages are all warning signs that you may be targeted by a hacker. 
  • Tax returns – Tax return time is stressful enough without the worry of cybercrime. Hackers may take advantage of those on the lookout for a good tax return, and use this to their advantage.

A good rule of thumb

As a general rule, if it looks too good to be true, or like a scam, then chances are it is.

Use common sense before opening external links, downloading attachments, or thinking about putting anything onto a work computer.

ALC Training offers expert information security training, designed to help your employees learn the best and safest online practices. Reach out to us today, and find out how effective training can prevent cyberattacks before they happen. 

Don’t let your employees be the weakest link in your network chain.




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