Government statistics have revealed that four in ten businesses reported cyber security breaches or attacks in the last twelve months. The Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2021 underlines the ongoing threat to businesses of all kinds and sizes, with phishing topping the list as the most frequent risk.
Many phishing attacks rely on links contained in spam mail that, when clicked, either manipulate users or infiltrate systems, revealing private information or introducing harmful malware into a network. These messages are designed to look believable and are often targeted to expose the most lucrative data, such as financial reports.
Why is Spam a Security Risk?
Spam can be sent by multiple means, but the aim is the same – to manipulate the recipient into sharing personal details. Links, attachments, surveys and replicating authoritative sources (such as a leading bank or supplier) can easily lure individuals into responding, especially in the workplace.
Cyber criminals will often choose their target carefully and spend time researching the business, making spam seem even more genuine – it could even be distributed internally. Spammers will use junk emails to gather information about a company, which employees may view as harmless in answering. However, this spam could be part of a later and much more dangerous cyberattack.
What Damage Can Spam Cause?
As we have mentioned, phishing is one of the biggest cybersecurity threats arising from spam. In workplaces where bulk emails are commonplace, these malicious messages are often treated with neutrality, making their threatening content difficult to spot and far too easy to respond to.
And it’s not just internal IT systems that are put at risk. For many industries, supply chains are crucial to the business, but they can be exposed through phishing. Or take the ‘Solorigate’ incident that hit the company SolarWinds, causing 18,000 of their customers to be infected with malware.
How Can Cybersecurity Be Improved?
Unfortunately, one of the biggest issues with spam is our own complacency. In the workplace, it can often be easy to assume that there’s a robust and reliable security system in place to stop cyber threats and scams. But even though these may reduce the risk, there are still many means by which systems can be exposed, making it more important than ever to have adequate protection in place.
Creating a business-wide culture of ‘think before you click’ is an important part of stopping the risk of spam, which employees at every level should be trained on, whether they have IT access daily or not. Any spam mail that is received needs to be left unopened, then reported and deleted.
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