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VARs, MSPs, Need To Help Clients Guard Against Spear Phishing, Ransomware Attacks

Christine Kern

By Christine Kern, contributing writer

Phising And Ransomware Protection

Keeping your clients networks and data secure is a top priority, and there are a number of challenges to security that you need to help businesses guard against.  

In an interview with Business Solutions, David Haadsma, VP of business development for AVG Technologies explained one common tactic: “Looking at the data breaches that have affected some of the world’s largest companies over the past year there is a common method of attack that was used: spear phishing. There are different types of phishing attacks and this particular variant is a targeted email to an individual that uses personally identifiable information, which makes the email look and feel official and legitimate.”

“In the case of the Sony breach in the fall of 2014 analysis by security experts shows that a number of executives at Sony had been targeted with a spear phishing email that asked them to confirm their Apple ID.  Once passwords, personal data, and account details are known then cybercriminals can easily gain access to sensitive corporate and consumer data through social engineering or by installing malware,” Haadsma said.

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