BYOD users are huge targets for hackers
A few weeks ago, I received an email from my cell phone provider telling me that I had an overdue bill. It further said that I could directly pay the amount due by clicking on a provided link to access a secure page. Unfortunately for Mr. or Mrs. Hacker, I always pay my bills with my online bank account; most of all, I was sure that I had paid the previous month’s bill on time.
But not everyone is as paranoid and punctual as I am. And most people don't share my awareness of phishing tactics. It's easy to see how many people can fall for hacking attempts when you see the effort that con artists put into to impersonating your cell phone provider, your bank, or your boss when they write supposedly authentic emails. The mobility and BYOD environment increase the need to fight such hacking tactics at home and at work. The company Marble Security conducted a survey focused on the millenial generation (adults born between 1980 and 2000), asking them: "have you ever had an online account hacked?" The results highlight the urgency with which CIOs must educate employees about online threats and hacking risks for companies. According to the survey, adults:
In the 25-34 age group: 26% had an online account hacked
In the 35-44 age group: 24% had an online account hacked
Awareness training is the best prevention
Hacking has thrived since the Internet was invented and it will continue to become more sophisticated to match technological advances. That’s why education and awareness are the best remedy. Everyone is at risk, even technophiles - hacking sophistication is simply increasing that quickly. We are all equally at risk!
Social engineering techniques (as such forms of hacking are know) like phishing or watering hole attacks are the main threats which target BYOD employees. For CIOs, their main purpose is to protect sensitive corporate data and to ensure that employees are aware and careful when they use their own mobile devices. Personal accounts, passwords, and profiles owned by the employees are delicate pieces of information that hackers can easily take and use to compromise a company.
The use of security software is recommended but it is important to note that hackers are also trained to circumvent the security features of such software. That’s why awareness training is a fundamental part of protecting against attacks. And what better way to see danger coming than to know how to spot it?
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