By now, you have heard of many stories where thieves have targeted stores and commercial offices at their physical locations looking for confidential information. You can bet that theft takes place online on a daily basis, where hackers routinely attack computer systems of businesses and organizations through direct hacks, phishing, and other web services. The premise is still the same. The only difference is that they are doing it remotely and their identity is hard to track without sophisticated commercial security system setup.
During remote theft of businesses, cyber thieves often take advantage of the trust that the employees of these businesses have on legitimate looking emails, such as coming from a client, another employee, bank or service provider. Often, employees overlook where the emails came from but pay attention to only the content addressing the employee by name. The thief may also be posing as someone who is known to the employee personally or perhaps as the member of the business technical support team. In almost all such cases, the intention of the thieves is the same – to steal confidential information of the business by hacking through the system.
Just see how easy for a hacker to go through the email phishing route targeting a business employee. Most businesses use similar algorithms that assign email address to their employees in a particular fashion. For example, if Jane Doe is working for companyA, her assigned email address will typically be jane.doe@companyA.com. Similarly, Bob Smith working for companyB will either have smith.bob@companyB.com or bob.smith@companyB.com as his official email address. Hackers simply create an email address list using special software and send emails at their own pace. Or they would call the company asking whom they are speaking with or get the employee names through other means. Before sending phishing emails, they would create a website that looks similar to a legitimate online web mail website. The employees are prone to trust such “real” emails and send information with no questions asked.
For as complicated as some of the things hackers do to gain access into a business system, the solution to prevent such attacks is not that simple as well. There are many tried and tested methods to safeguard confidential data but those provided by professional and reliable companies are your best bet. Some commercial security systems service providers offer tools, software, devices and features that are designed to identify phishing, virus and other remote attacks before they compromise a commercial computer network.
Again, being alert can go a long way when it comes to weeding out unwanted and dangerous emails. First of all, emails should not be used to send private information or allow access to restricted data any time, all time. Just because an email has the official emblem of a real bank does not make it any safer. Any sensitive document should be secured appropriately with network key or encryption as well. The best possible solution here is to anticipate all kinds of unauthorized remote access and be prepared.