Computerware

Computerware has been serving the Vienna area since 1976, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Tip of the Week: Protecting Your Company from Invoice Impersonation

Tip of the Week: Protecting Your Company from Invoice Impersonation

While you should be sure to keep yourself apprised of threats, it could be argued that it is even more important for your employees to be aware of them. After all, they are the ones utilizing your business’ workstations, software solutions, and even Internet-based apps to facilitate their daily duties. You need to make sure that your employees are able to spot attacks and react to them properly.

While many of today’s employees do have to undergo some sort of security training as part of their employment, the increased sophistication of these attacks makes them more difficult to spot; and, subsequently, harder to react to. One of the most common ways that this occurs is through invoice impersonation attacks. These attacks send customized emails under an assumed name--usually one that is a real-world contact--that includes a link to an online invoice, where the user can download the invoice.

Instead of downloading the invoice, the victim downloads malware to their device. Ransomware is often spread in this fashion, hoping that the victims will download the invoice in a state of panic, wondering what in the world they are being billed for.

Warning Signs
To keep yourself from being tricked by an invoice impersonation attack, or any other type of phishing email, the best route is to provide training and remain aware of the warning signs.

One of the most common ways a hacker will take advantage of email is by sending a message demanding payment, with a link to make things convenient for the user to do so. The problem with email is that the user is forced to take it on good faith that the message comes from the proper recipient. If it were a phone call, you might recognize that the voice is different from whoever should be calling, and if it were a handwritten message, you might notice a discrepancy--but with a message with no identity, it gets considerably more difficult to identify a falsified message.

If you ever receive an email claiming to be from someone who needs a payment from you, there’s a good chance that the link leading to a “payment portal” is just a link to a ransomware program or other type of threat.

Securing Your Business
Phishing attacks naturally rely on the victim trusting the impersonation, so you can take advantage of this opportunity to sow the seeds of distrust--that is, to train your employees to identify emails and distrust anything suspicious that they receive in their inboxes. Your employees should always be wary of risk factors, but they should also attend regular training sessions that test how much they remember about cybersecurity best practices.

You can also take it one step further by implementing spam filters, malware blockers, and other security solutions designed to prevent infections in the first place. If you minimize the chances that your employees are exposed to threats in the first place, they are less likely to make a mistake that has great ramifications for your network security.

Computerware can equip your business with enterprise-level security solutions designed to augment and maintain network security for small businesses. To learn more about how you can manage the risk associated with security threats, reach out to us at (703) 821-8200.

The Cloud: What Is Missing?
Is Your Mobile Data Safe?
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Security Tip of the Week Technology Best Practices Privacy Internet Cloud Business Management Microsoft Software Hackers Business Computing Managed Service Provider Productivity Backup Workplace Tips Data Hardware Saving Money Business Malware Email IT Support IT Services Hosted Solutions Google Efficiency Smartphones Small Business Gadgets Quick Tips Network Security User Tips Mobile Devices Business Continuity Computer Mobile Office Disaster Recovery Network Virtualization Microsoft Office Server Mobile Device Management VoIP Social Media Miscellaneous Upgrade Windows 10 Ransomware Windows Innovation Android Unified Threat Management Smartphone Remote Monitoring Passwords Holiday Operating System Remote Computing Mobile Computing BYOD Communication Apps WiFi Vendor Management Marketing Collaboration Facebook The Internet of Things Analytics Firewall History Managed IT services Users Apple Cybersecurity Data Management IT Support Alert IT Consultant Outsourced IT Phishing Managed IT Services Productivity Save Money Internet of Things Bring Your Own Device communications Office App Automation Gmail Content Filtering Health Big data Wireless Technology Outlook Search Budget Maintenance Virus Lithium-ion Battery Hard Drives Windows 8 Managed IT Hiring/Firing Artificial Intelligence Tech Support Browser Information Technology Best Practice BDR Spam Going Green Cost Management Bandwidth Encryption Update Data Backup Phone System Help Desk Office 365 Money Antivirus Printer Recovery Employer-Employee Relationship IBM Mobile Device Data Recovery Saving Time Intranet Cloud Computing Customer Service Administration Networking Travel Education Hacking Proactive IT Law Enforcement It Management Save Time Hard Drive Computers Data storage Running Cable Humor Legal Government Cybercrime Document Management Risk Management SaaS Robot Excel Computer Repair Hacker Data Security Downtime Tablet Black Market Company Culture Two-factor Authentication Business Growth Wireless Project Management Website Digital Payment Telephone Systems Training Disaster Comparison Augmented Reality End of Support PowerPoint Securty Social Networking Solid State Drive VPN Fax Server Twitter Mobility User Flexibility Windows 10 DDoS iPhone Business Intelligence Avoiding Downtime Word Hosted Solution Cortana Current Events Password User Error IT service Processors Statistics Virtual Reality USB Social Engineering Patch Management Compliance Google Maps Presentation Gaming Console Computing Infrastructure Webcam Redundancy Virtual Desktop Streaming Media Hack Inbound Marketing Documents Programming Private Cloud Telephony Monitors Heating/Cooling Chrome YouTube Router Retail Computer Accessories Distributed Denial of Service Settings Vulnerabilities Unified Communications Experience Mobile Technology eWaste Customer Relationship Management Public Cloud Co-managed IT Mouse Text Messaging Politics Business Technology Bitcoin Lifestyle Automobile Scam Blockchain Cryptocurrency Safety Specifications Google Docs Laptop Social How To Net Neutrality Digital Network Congestion Office Tips Start Menu Taxes Paperless Office Software as a Service Sports Uninterrupted Power Supply Computing Pain Points Access Control Trending Identity Theft Notifications Windows Server 2008 Entrepreneur Tablets Webinar Archive Data Protection HIPAA Debate Sync Reliable Computing Business Managemenet Upselling Unified Threat Management Music cache Electronic Payment CCTV Upgrades Windows 7 Point of Contact IP Address Corporate Profile In Internet of Things Bluetooth Data Loss Fiber-Optic LiFi Human Resources Assessment Emails Thin CLient Scalability Rental Service Deep Learning Freedom of Information Best Practives VoIP Skype Memory Data Breach Fraud Visible Light Communication Microserver Consultation Meetings Leadership Wi-Fi Teamwork News Cabling Storage Device Management Administrator Flash Audit email scam Advertising Google Wallet Turn Key PDF Supercomputer Best Available Machine Learning Displays Emergency Fake News Keyboard Trojan Worker Domains Organize online Currency Product Reviews Computer Care Banking Drones Google Drive Employer Employee Relationship Read Value File Sharing Vulnerability Microsoft Excel Shortcut Licensing Permissions Electricity Troubleshooting Botnet Language Printing Business Cards Business Metrics Staffing Mobile Payment Environment GPS Writing switches Competition WannaCry Business Owner Computer Malfunction Downloads Piracy Chromebook Time Management Television Ebay Messenger 3D Harddrive Application Google Calendar Software License Recycling Motion Sickness Work/Life Balance Download External Harddrive Touchscreen SharePoint Tracking Digital Signature Pirating Information Books Adminstration Knowledge Tip of the week IT consulting Technology Tips IT Plan Cleaning Entertainment Web Server Microchip Smart Phones Websites Evernote CIO Get More Done Workers Content Management Reading Regulations Tech Terms Virtual Assistant Windows XP Printer Server Migration Society Access Analytic Hacks Micrsooft Data Warehousing Samsung Public Speaking Video Surveillance G Suite Relocation Hard Drive Disposal LinkedIn Spyware Physical Security Saving ZTime Capital Productuvuty CrashOverride 3D Printing Desktop

toner1.7