The “workplace” is no longer confined to the office, which means that instead of relying on a corporate network, employees use the internet to work.
The way we connect in our workplace has changed. While this has been a game-changer in terms of productivity, this reliance on the internet also exposes you to a host of internet-related threats, such as phishingand countless attack vectors to compromise your business.
The dangers of social engineering
Social engineering is the classic approach to phishing, where the attacker takes a more personal approach. He uses details about you or your location that make him look like a real person to trick you into telling him important information. This type of attack used to occur mainly in the context of business email compromise (BEC), but this has evolved to include smartphones and tablets. Attackers usually research their victim and create a fake story to gain their trust. The pernicious part of social engineering attacks is that attackers can end their interaction without arousing suspicion, leaving victims unaware that their security has been compromised.
Spoofing and DNS Spoofing
Spoofing and DNS spoofing are like an enhanced version of social engineering, and even advanced users can fall for it. Attackers create real-looking websites where users enter their real login credentials. Once attackers have this information, they can access sensitive data and the site can even install malware. One version of this tactic is spoofing, in which attackers create a fake URL that is very close to the original site’s URL. Unless users have a very keen eye, a subtle difference in the URL is easy to miss, especially on a mobile device.
If users are victims of phishing, one of the main consequences remains the compromise of the account. Attackers then access online accounts with the intention of stealing sensitive data. This can happen in different ways. Your information may have already been disclosed as part of a data breach without your knowledge.
Malware poses another quiet threat when users browse online. Malware is often distributed through phishing tactics. Once a device has been infected, it is easy to steal sensitive data, monitor users, and even infect other devices. Ransomware, malware that encrypts files and can only be decrypted if you pay attackers a ransom, is also on the rise.
Using the internet as a business network can make you vulnerable in many ways, but it is possible to stay safe. Look for a solution that provides DNS-layer security, which continuously monitors potentially malicious sites and blocks them before users encounter them. Inspection of incoming and outgoing traffic is also essential, as it allows you to see when malware is downloaded and prevents data leakage. A cloud-delivered solution as part of a broader Edge Security Service (ESS) platform will help you optimize performance and security, wherever your users are.
As you enjoy the increased productivity that comes from using the Internet as your default corporate network, always stay alert to its threats to protect your business.
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