Get Started Today!  (813) 749-0895    SEARCH SITE

IT Professional Services and Business Continuity

Symmetric Engineering Group Blogs

Fishing for Answers to Keep Phishing Attacks from Sinking Your Business

Fishing for Answers to Keep Phishing Attacks from Sinking Your Business

Phishing attacks have been in the social consciousness now for a while, and for good reason: it is the predominant way that hackers gain access to secured networks and data. Unfortunately, awareness to an issue doesn’t always result in positive outcomes. In this case, hackers get more aggressive, and by blanketing everyone under a seemingly limitless phishing net, 57 billion phishing emails go out every year. If a fraction of those emails accomplish their intended goal, the hackers on the other end of them really make out.

As a result, endpoint security has become a major consideration for nearly every organization. There are strategies and solutions that businesses can implement that will not only give IT administrators the resources they need to protect the company’s data and computing infrastructure, but also trains their staff in the backhanded way these hackers try and infiltrate the business’ network with their legitimate credentials. Let’s take a look at some different forms of phishing and what you should be teaching your staff to keep them from messing up, and making your business just another negative statistic.

Deceptive Phishing

As the most common type of phishing scam, deceptive phishing in a name is pretty obvious. The name of the game for this attack is to pull the wool over the eyes of an unsuspecting end user. In essence, a deceptive phishing strategy is one where an email or message is created impersonating a legitimate company or person to flat out steal personal access information. With this access, the illegitimate party has some time to pick and choose what he/she wants to take, or gain access to. By having legitimate credentials, the illegitimate party doesn’t immediately trigger any red flags.

Most deceptive phishing messages are ignored, caught by filtering technology, or disregarded when accessed; but, the one that works to fool the end user is worth the hundreds or thousands of emails they’ve sent using the same method. To ensure that your organization doesn’t have to deal with a data breach, or malware associated with that phishing attack, it’s extremely important to lay out the ways that these deceptive emails are different from legitimate emails.

Phishing emails traditionally have misspelled words and hastily thrown together construction. Typically, users will have to download some attachment. So if there is an attachment that an email prompts you to click on, be sure to check the URLs by mousing over the links to determine if the email is from a legitimate source. One thing every user should be cognizant of is that if the email is from a financial institution demanding payment, it is likely a phishing email. Email, while being a popular form of communications, is rarely used for such purposes.

Spear Phishing

These types of phishing attacks are personalized to a specific user. This can cause a lot of people to forget what they know about phishing and let their defenses down. The goal - as fraudulent as it is - the same as a traditional phishing attack, except it will be harder to decipher that it is, in fact, an attempt to trick the user into providing network access. The spear phishing email will often feature the target’s name, their title, their company, even information like their work phone number, all with the same aim: to get them to click on the malicious extension or URL sent with the email.

Users of the social media site, LinkedIn, will likely come across spear phishing if they utilize the service regularly. Since you provide certain information for networking with other like-minded industry professionals, you unwittingly provide the hackers with the information they need to build these messages. Of course, we’re not suggesting that you stop using LinkedIn, or any other social media because of the risk of hackers, but be careful what information you have shared within these profiles and ensure that any personalized email is, in fact, legitimate before you click on anything.


With more and more people becoming savvy to these types of phishing attacks, some hackers have stopped the practice altogether. They, instead, resort to a practice called pharming, in which they target an organization’s DNS server in order to change the IP address associated with the website name. This provides them an avenue to redirect users to malicious websites that they set up.

To ward against pharming, it is important to tell your staff to make sure that they are entering their credentials into a secured site. The best way to determine if the website/webtool a person is trying to access is secure is that it will be marked with “https” and will have a small lock next to the address. Also having strong, continuously-patched antivirus on your organization’s machines is important.

With proper training and solid security solutions, your company can avoid falling for the immense amount of phishing attacks that come its way. To learn more about how to secure your business, and what tools are best to help you do just that, call the IT professionals at Symmetric Engineering Group today at (813) 749-0895.

Businesses Always Battle Risk
If You’re Struggling Due to Cash Flow, You Aren’t ...


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Saturday, April 20 2019

Captcha Image


Mobile? Grab this Article!

Qr Code

Tag Cloud

Security Tip of the Week IT Services IT Support Best Practices Technology Managed IT Services Business Computing Cloud Email Privacy Malware Hackers Hosted Solutions IT Infrastructure Management Internet Business Continuity Productivity Business IT Companies in Tampa Data Backup Data IT Support Services Software Business Mobility Microsoft Business IT Solutions Outsourced IT Network Security I.T. Management Managed Service Provider IT Professional Services Productivity Computer Custom Business Solutions Mobile Devices Data Recovery IT Management Innovation Tech Term Business Applications IT Business Solutions Ransomware Google Cloud Computing Upgrade Android Hardware Technology Consultants User Tips Managed IT Service Internet of Things Managed IT Service in Florida Business IT Support IT Support Managed IT Workplace Tips Windows Disaster Recovery Windows 10 Business Management Communication Managed Services in Florida Collaboration Efficiency I.T. Support Remote Monitoring Small Business Phishing Encryption Backup IT Support Services in Tampa Browser Server IT Risk Management Dynamic Solutions I.T. Services Holiday Data Management Smartphone IT Outsourcing in Tampa Microsoft Office IT Services in Florida Smartphones Save Money VoIP IT Service Artificial Intelligence Managed IT Services Cybersecurity Network IT Support in Tampa Managed Services communications Paperless Office Windows 10 Gmail Passwords Social Media BYOD App Mobile Device Management IT Managed Services Mobile Device Vendor Management Office 365 Managed Services in Tampa Bay Website Bring Your Own Device Unified Threat Management BDR Customer Relationship Management Risk Management Firewall Chrome IT Services in Tampa Analytics Compliance Antivirus Operating System Applications Tampa IT Support Employer-Employee Relationship Automation Tech Companies in Tampa Bandwidth Tip of the week Settings Data Computer Services Quick Tips IT Service Management Content Filtering Managed Service in Tampa Word Two-factor Authentication IT Company Business Plan IT Outsourcing in Florida Apple Document Management IT Outsourcing Wi-Fi Healthcare Project Management Saving Money Business IT Support Services Vulnerability Managed Service IT Vendor Management Information Facebook Small Business IT Solutions Computer Networking Business Technology Infrastructure Scam Government IT Company Robot Office Wireless Data Security Data storage Blockchain Data loss The Internet of Things Apps Remote Computing Miscellaneous Help Desk Hosted Solution Router Telephone Systems Big Data Tablet Mobile Computing VPN Regulations IT solutions Storage Maintenance Money Wireless Technology SaaS Net Neutrality Computer Hardware Repair Unified Communications IT Management Services Retail WiFi Customer Service Computer Network Services Mouse Microsoft Virtual Server Hosting in Tampa and Florida Machine Learning Computer Support Solid State Drive Uninterrupted Power Supply I.T. Company IT Management Service Training LiFi Virtual Desktop Proactive Networking Mobile Security Computer Networking Services Augmented Reality Licensing Social Alert Redundancy Computing End of Support File Sharing Virtualization Smart Technology Patch Management Remote Monitoring and Management How To Administration Management Business Application Spam Digital Payment Server Management Network Congestion Downtime Flexibility Remote Workers Files Network Management Recovery Managed IT Outsourcing YouTube Presentation Office Tips Information Technology Virtual Private Network Virtual Reality Politics Assessment Business Continuity Services Search Monitors IT Companies in Florida Laptop IBM IoT Outlook Users Access Control HIPAA Mobility IT Consulting Employees Printing Budget User Error Company Culture Software as a Service Internet Exlporer Google Drive IT Support Helpdesk Development Zero-Day Threat Data Warehousing Point of Sale Corporate Profile Safety Marketing Tampa IT Services Star Wars Consulting SharePoint IT Technicians Transportation Application Social Engineering Address OneNote Undo Remote Worker Data Breach Cooperation Virtual Assistant Cortana Careers Managing Stress Instant Messaging Technology Tips Nanotechnology Consulting Services Tech Terms Google Docs Education Health Care IT Services eWaste Read Only Specifications Social Networking Shortcut Intranet History Cables User Backup and Disaster Recovery Microsoft Excel Samsung WannaCry Save Time Outsourced Computer Support Utility Computing Managed Services Provider Domains Downloads IT Support Companies in Tampa Mirgation Servers Healthcare IT Alt Codes Screen Reader Travel Hard Disk Drive Business Growth Employee-Employer Relationship Competition ROI Technology Laws Chromebook Staff Wasting Time Time Management USB Cryptocurrency Humor Knowledge IT Service in Tampa Jobs Enterprise Content Management Best Practice Finance Managed it Services in Tampa Hacks Buisness Service IT Digital Signature Hard Drives Theft Server Hosting Hotspot Fun Computers Business IT Solutions Black Friday IT Vendor Management in Tampa Motherboard Sync Software Tips IT Tech Support Disaster Wires Avoiding Downtime Human Error Backups E-Commerce Public Speaking Multi-Factor Security IT Support and Solutions Migration Private Cloud Typing Distributed Denial of Service Managed Service Providers Smart Tech Google Wallet Hacker Unified Threat Management Managed Services in Floirda Operations Database Identity Theft Bitcoin Experience Deep Learning Electronic Medical Records Vulnerabilities Heating/Cooling Authentication Technology Consulting Firms Current Events Trending IT Solutions for Small Business WPA3 Financial Techology Language Notes Computer Care Firefox Business Continuity Service Providers Display Full Service IT Enterprise Resource Planning Bookmarks Cyber Monday Network Support in Florida Mobile Device Managment Gadgets Permission Lenovo Permissions VoIP Information Technology Consulting Legal Co-managed IT Hard Drive Programming Features Google Calendar IT Managed Service in Tampa Chatbots Statistics Halloween Break Fix Tech Company in Tampa Connectivity Meetings Drones Printer IT Company in Tampa Wearable Technology Websites Voice over Internet Protocol Touchscreen Windows 8 Professional Service Data Technology Geography Authorization Cabling Going Green CIO Microsoft Affiliate Program Fleet Tracking Cost Management Procurement Disaster Resistance Computing Infrastructure PowerPoint Mobile Favorites Modem Test Superfish Fraud Digital IT Consulting Services Cache Tech Support Electronic Health Records Legislation Help Desk Support in Tampa Identity Google Maps Bluetooth Top IT Outsourcing Company Scary Stories Dark Web Server Hosting in Florida Health Monitoring Managed Service in Florida Windows 7 IT Managed Service Provider Identities Writing High-Speed Internet Mail Merge Microsoft Business Solutions Asset Tracking Security Cameras Proactive IT Alerts Professional Services Consultation IT Consulting Service Password Conferencing Cookies G Suite Sports Computer Repair Dark Data MSP Hacking RMM Server Hosting in Tampa Spyware Recycling Cyberattacks Comparison Help Desk Support Automobile Processors Emoji Supercomputer Update Tracking Black Market Upgrades Managed Servers Work/Life Balance CrashOverride Business Appplications Administrator Web Server Relocation Students IT Budget Cybercrime Lithium-ion Battery 3D Printing Law Enforcement Cleaning Printers Notifications Teamwork Running Cable Motion Sickness Thank You IT Consultant Refrigeration Gadget Cameras 5G Error Shared resources Emergency IP Address Congratulations Unsupported Software Staffing Regulation Crowdsourcing CCTV Physical Security Public Cloud Virus Twitter Webcam Mobile Office Botnet Mobile Data Saving Time Telephony GPS Hiring/Firing Personal Information How To Taxes I.T. Managament

Latest Blog Entry

If your business is one that depends on transportation, you know that coordination is extremely important. With consumers’ reliance on a company’s distribution arm, today’s companies are turning old practices on their heads and utilizing a more technology-driven approach to ...

Latest News

SEG Awarded Small Business of the Year Award!

Symmetric Engineering Group was awarded the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber Small Business of the Year Award for their understanding technical service and support throughout the Tampa Bay area

Read more ...

Account Login