#CyberMonday V11 Phishing: What is it? and Prevention & Mitigation Tips

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Welcome to our Cyber Monday special edition, where we’re diving into the critical topic of cybersecurity. While it may be tempting to think of cyber threats as something out of a sci-fi movie, the reality is that they pose a very real and present danger to businesses of all sizes. Today, we’re shedding light on one of the most common and insidious forms of cyber attack: phishing.

Understanding Phishing:

Phishing is a tactic used by cybercriminals to trick individuals into divulging sensitive information such as login credentials, credit card numbers, or even installing malware. It typically takes the form of deceptive emails that appear to come from trusted sources, like vendors, banks, or reputable companies.

The Impact of Phishing:

The consequences of falling victim to a phishing attack can be severe. Just take the case of Facebook and Google, who lost over a hundred million dollars to a sophisticated invoice scam perpetrated through phishing emails.*credit here. But it’s not just tech giants that are at risk. Small businesses in industries like transportation, medical services, and contracting are also prime targets for cybercriminals.

Prevention and Remediation:

So, what can businesses do to protect themselves against phishing attacks? Prevention is key. Implementing email filtering systems can help weed out suspicious emails before they reach your inbox. Additionally, conducting regular mock phishing email training for employees can raise awareness and help identify potential vulnerabilities. We recommend working with your internal IT dept., an IT security consultant, or an MSP for more and continuous solutions for prevention.

Data backup and having a robust business continuity plan are also essential components of a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy. In the event of a phishing attack leading to ransomware or data loss, having backups and a plan in place can minimize downtime and mitigate financial losses.

The Role of Cyber Insurance:

Finally, having adequate cyber insurance coverage is crucial for businesses in today’s digital landscape. A cyber endorsement or add-on to a business owners policy or general liability policy is a false sense of security. The exclusions and limiting coverages, simply are insufficient to protect your business. A broad form cyber insurance policy can provide coverage for a range of cyber-related losses, including those resulting from phishing attacks. See if your business is cyber secure, click for Threat Assessment. With cyber insurance, businesses can have peace of mind knowing that they’re financially protected in the event of a cyber incident. This is no guarantee of coverage. Please read your policy and forms carefully.


As cyber threats continue to evolve and become more sophisticated, it’s imperative that businesses take proactive steps to safeguard their digital assets. By understanding the risks posed by phishing attacks and implementing robust cybersecurity measures, businesses can protect themselves and their customers from potential harm. So, this Cyber Monday, make cybersecurity a priority for your business’s success.

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