I.T. Right is Offering KnowBe4 Trials

KnowBe4 is an internet security company that provides testing and training services to prepare organizations of all types and sizes against the dangers of phishing attacks and other threats to network security.

Because many of the most dangerous and prevalent threats in today's cyberscape are focused intently on tricking users, rather than just exploiting mistakes in system security, I.T. Right believes that strengthening a network's users against phishing attacks is one of the most important things a Network Admin can do.

That is why I.T. Right is partnering with KnowBe4; to help guard our clients against the undeniable threat of phishing. Through them we can determine how prepared your users are against phishing attacks. If you are interested in security awareness training or testing, please fill out the interest form below.


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About Phishing

Phishing attacks are attempts made by hackers, usually via email or other electronic means, to trick a victim into opening a page or downloading a file by mimicking legitimate sources. A common example of a phishing attack is a message from a bank stating that "your account has been overdrawn, click for more information," or "click here to view your monthly statement." In the past, such attacks relied heavily on sending these emails in massive numbers (a tactic known as "spamming"), as it was easier than figuring out where a specific person did their banking.

In recent years phishing attacks have become more sophisticated. Attackers have begun tailoring their messages for specific victims, using personal information found on social media, email accounts, or insecure transactions to forge extraordinarily believable emails. The more they know about a person, the more easily they can trick them into downloading ransomware, transferring funds, or compromising the entire network.

Important Security Tips

NEVER:

  • open any e-mail attachments that end with .exe, .scr, .bat, .com, or any executable files you do not recognize.
  • click embedded links in messages without first hovering over them to check the URL.
  • "unsubscribe," especially from lists you don't recognize. It is far easier to delete the email than deal with the security risks.
  • respond to, reply to, or forward spam in any way. Use the delete button.

ALWAYS:

  • check the 'From' field to validate the sender. It can be spoofed, or designed to trick you, so be suspicious.
  • report all suspicious activity to your Information Technology help desk without forwarding the email in any way.
  • check for so-called 'double extended' scam files. A text file named "safe.txt" is safe, but the file "safe.txt.exe" is not.
  • note that "www.microsoft.com" is different than "www.support.microsoft.software.com" are two different domains, and only the first is safe. Always double-check a URL before clicking.