Employees often get the blame for data leaks, whether accidental or malicious. There is growing evidence, however, that executives are being targeted for their valuable credentials.
A hacker can do a lot of damage with high-level executive credentials, which provide greater access to proprietary data and financial information. And once the credentials are on the dark web, phishing attacks become more successful, and more lucrative.
How do high-value targets protect themselves?
Businesses need to prioritize a cybersecurity strategy that acknowledges the vulnerability of C-level executives. This includes cybersecurity awareness and phishing training and testing. Employees AND executives need to be able to spot sophisticated phishing attacks, which are tailored to look like legitimate business communications. Unfortunately, too often, employees undergo regular security awareness training while executives skip the training. This is a critical mistake.
A small phishing attack can quickly spiral if a hacker gets access to an executive’s contact list full of additional high-value targets. To keep an attack from spreading and compromising other business associates, firms must also be able to quickly identify and respond to breaches when they occur. A viral breach that is allowed to spread to other companies will most definitely have a negative affect on client relationships.
The effort to create a security aware culture must include everyone in the company, including the C-suite
ACE IT Solutions offers a comprehensive suite of customizable cybersecurity services to meet your organization’s specific risk profile and compliance needs, including security awareness training, simulated phishing tests and 24×7 monitoring to mitigate the risks of these cyberattacks, spearphishing and malware.
We continually invest in evolving our information protection program, developing our people, processes, technology and systems to create best-in-class risk management services. Protecting your information requires a strong defense on all fronts: from developing a dynamic cybersecurity strategy, to implementing comprehensive controls and information security services.
To boost your cybersecurity posture, contact ACE IT Solutions at 646.558.5575 and ask about getting started with our phishing testing and security awareness training program.