How can your customers avoid being targeted by phishing scams?

Businesses are seeing an increase in the number of malicious emails being received on a daily basis, with it being estimated that nearly half of all emails received are now spam. Email is an effective method of cyber attackers reaching your customers’ businesses and infecting their network with ransomware.

How do phishing scams work?

Phishing scams work by posing as legitimate emails from colleagues, clients or other “trusted” senders but often contain a link or attachment containing a virus. Once clicked, this can give the attackers access into your customers’ network, at which point they can do things like start to encrypt files before demanding a ransom to recover them. In fact, 93% of phishing emails contain encryption ransomware. This can be a huge issue, both in terms of security and data protection, and financially. So as their IT provider, how can you protect your customers and help them to avoid being targeted by phishing scams?

Increased employee awareness

Education is one of the most important things that you can do to help your customers to avoid falling target to phishing scams. Describing the things to look out for in suspicious emails that may appear normal and unsuspicious could save your customers from clicking on the links or attachments that would otherwise give access to the attackers.

Change employee behaviour

Increased awareness for your customers’ employees will help them to check before clicking on attachments or links that they are not expecting. Changing this behaviour is one of the biggest ways to prevent cyber-attacks through phishing scams.

Utilise PhishMe with Marathon

This is where the PhishMe Simulator comes in. By replicated real-life phishing scenarios, it can provide your customers with experience receiving this type of email and then you can educate them accordingly and help them to spot the emails… without the risk! Scenarios range from ransomware emails, to BEC (Business Email Compromise), spear phishing, social engineering, drive-by attacks, advanced conversational phishing attacks and malware and malicious attachments. This is an effective an unbiased way to address where there are weaknesses and deliver greater training where needed.

What could Phishing Mitigation Managed Services bring to your customers?

Marathon offer Phishing Mitigation Managed Services to the IT Channel and their customers to reduce their susceptibility to phishing attacks by over 95% through simulations and training. This can also highlight weaker areas that can then be addressed.

At the same time, Marathon can provide any security, disaster recovery planning and backup strategies on a white label basis so that you can protect your customers should they fall victim to a particularly convincing scam.

Get in touch with Marathon today to find out more on 020 8329 1000.

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