It seems that today’s businesses have to face a continual game of cybersecurity whack-a-mole: When one threat is thwarted or mitigated, cybercriminals use new tools and techniques to devise new plans in hopes of a big payday at your expense.
One area that continues to threaten businesses is social engineering.
Just as businesses implement the necessary controls to block one method, criminals lean into new approaches. Today, vishing and smishing are some of the biggest threats to a business’s reputation, security, and finances.
How can your business be prepared and put the necessary controls in place to mitigate these threats once and for all?
Read on to find out.
Vishing, a portmanteau of "voice phishing," is when criminals use phone calls to impersonate trusted people or organizations, such as banks, executives, or government agencies, in order to deceive individuals into revealing sensitive information.
A similar technique, smishing, is a form of phishing that uses text messages designed to trick recipients into clicking malicious links or sharing information. In both cases, criminals are hoping to collect information such as credit card or bank account numbers, passwords, and other data that can be used to escalate their attacks.
While one spam call or text may seem innocuous enough, it just takes one distracted or manipulated employee to share this type of information with a criminal. Use of the sensitive information can lead to:
Below are some of the more common types of smishing and vishing tactics, all of which share one key element: A psychological trick.
Use this list to become familiar with the common techniques that criminals use so you can spot them early:
Fortunately, just as criminals have evolved their tactics, cybersecurity experts have evolved the tools and training that businesses can use to fight back.
Here are five best practices businesses can employ to stop scammers in their tracks:
Train employees to verify any urgent requests for information or action via a separate, independently researched communication channel.
Educate employees on the ability of criminals to spoof their caller ID, and implement technical solutions into your enterprise phone system to flag suspicious calls.
Stop vishing and smishing attacks before they even reach your employees by implementing AI-powered solutions such as Robokiller Enterprise. This industry-leading solution identifies and blocks fraudulent calls and messages in real time using a database and algorithm that constantly evolves to stay ahead of criminals.
Enable email servers and clients to automatically scan attachments and links and to flag potentially suspicious messages. Take the extra step and implement phishing training and simulators to reinforce your security awareness training with real-life scenarios.
Highlight the need to safeguard sensitive business and personal information, especially by phone calls and text messages. Provide alternative methods to verify and send the requested information through secure channels.
Want to learn more about how your business can get (and stay) ahead of the techniques that cybercriminals will be using tomorrow to threaten your bottom line and your hard-earned reputation?
Then make sure to pair these five best practices with the steps you need to take to secure your employees’ mobile devices, found in our comprehensive eBook, Why mobile devices
represent an emerging security risk for businesses, available here: Download the Mobile Security Security eBook