Have you been phished?

March 2019

Matt Olson, Crashplan’s Customer Insights and Operations Manager

I found some really interesting stats this week that caused me to start thinking about the difference between marketing emails and phishing attacks. Two stats stood out: emails with “FWD:” in the subject line or emails with attachments have higher open rates. Those really caught my eye! If those work for marketing materials, they’ll also work for phishing emails and that’s not good.

You’re probably thinking, “Why should I be worried about phishing?”. That’s a great question, it turns out a lot of cybercrime targets Small Businesses. According to a 2018 Ponemon Institute Study of 1,000 SMB IT leaders 67% of small businesses have experienced a cyber attack in the last 12 months and 58% experienced a data breach in the same time period. The costs of recovering from an attack are often extreme, but the hardest to overcome are the impacts to your business’ reputation and impacts to your customers. See Ciscos’ 2018 Security Capabilities Benchmark Study for more information.

Recovering from a security breach with CrashPlan for Small Business couldn’t be easier. Check out our guide here to learn more about recovering from ransomware.

There’s an overwhelming amount of information out there about business cyber security, one of my favorite resources is Verizon’s Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR). It does a good job of highlighting the trends of the previous year and providing insights on how you can protect your business from those threats. Give the 2018 Executive Summary a read and see how you can better protect your business from online threats.

I also found this cool resource from the US Federal Trade Commission featuring a quick quiz about phishing emails. I highly recommend that you take the quiz, being aware of phishing will not only protect your business, but your personal information as well. Tweet us your score using #getsmart and #phishing.

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