For a long time, employees were protected by digital castle walls erected by the IT department around the physical office. Now that many of the same employees have transitioned to remote work arrangements, they’re like soldiers marching across an open field under constant artillery fire in the form of phishing scams.
But just because remote employees are much more exposed than their office-bound counterparts doesn’t mean they’re entirely defenseless. There’s a lot that employees themselves, as well as the organizations they work for, can do to avoid being picked off one by one by phishers.
Main Types of Phishing Scams Targeting Remote Employees
There’s more to phishing scams than princes from Nigeria who have somehow found themselves in urgent need of cash. Let’s take a quick look at the main types of phishing scams all remote employees are likely to encounter sooner or later:
Protective Measures to Defend Remote Employees Against Phishing Scams
Phishing scams exploit the fact that employees are often the weakest link in the cybersecurity defense chain. Strengthening this link should be the main objective of any protective measures implemented to defend remote employees against phishing scams. Here are five ways to achieve this goal:
In addition to these email standards, organizations should implement anti-spam and anti-malware filtering for inbound email messages. Those who would like to go a step further can take advantage of technologies like Microsoft’s Safe Links, which provides URL scanning and rewriting of inbound email messages.
By requiring secondary authentication factors, organizations can ensure that even if a phisher is able to steal a password, they will not be able to gain access to protected systems. This reduces the risk of a security incident and the resulting consequences, such as data theft or financial loss.
Call and text screening can significantly decrease the number of vishing calls and smishing messages that reach employees, making it far less likely to fall for such attacks. Some mobile devices support call and text screening natively, and the functionality can also be added using third-party apps.
Employees should also be prohibited from using their own personal devices for work-related purposes or using their work devices for personal purposes without the IT department’s explicit approval, which is where acceptable use policy comes in.
TechGen Can Help Defend Your Remote Employees Against Phishing Scams!
In conclusion, phishing attacks are a major threat to remote employees and can have devastating consequences for organizations large and small. The good news is that there are solutions available that can help defend against these attacks, and we at TechGen can help you implement them.
Think of us as your trusted cybersecurity sidekick, always ready to protect your remote employees against phishers and other cybercriminals. With TechGen on your side, you can have peace of mind knowing that your remote workforce is safe and productive. Contact us today to take your cybersecurity to the next level.