As part of our phishing training program, I visit repeat clickers and analyze their business processes to determine why they are having difficulty identifying phishing emails. An interesting trend is appearing. Time after time, I hear people say that they thought IT Services had tools that filtered out all malware so anything that reached their inbox was safe to click.
I am going to set the record straight. There is no anti-virus, anti-malware or other type of software or technology that can identify all malware or malicious links. While IT Services has wonderful tools that help them stop most attacks, they cannot stop everything. Every organization is vulnerable to new strains of malware and hundreds of new strains are developed every day. Whether at work or at home, you cannot rely on anti-virus/anti-malware to protect you 100% of the time.
You are our first line of defense. If you avoid clicking or opening something that you shouldn’t, the odds of being victimized decreases exponentially. Simply by pausing when you are triggered emotionally by an email or when an email contains a link or attachment, you can reduce your chances of a cyber attack by 75%. We can’t do it alone, we need your help. Join us in the fight against cyber crime, stop and think before you click.