Did you know that winter is prime phishing season? According to a new report from F5 Labs, fraud incidents jump up as much as 50 per cent during October, November and December. This means that companies and individuals should be extra vigilant with their online security this time of yearransomware 2318381 1280

What you should look out for:

In as many as 70 per cent of incidents, it is big tech companies that hackers impersonate and, out of that number, 58 per cent of these attempts revolve around Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple, Adobe, Dropbox and DocuSign.

Who is most at risk?

Experts often say that everyone has an equal chance of being targeted, but it appears to be financial organisations that are highest on the fraudsters’ list. 13 of the top 20 fastest growing targets were financial organisations. Banks accounted for 55 per cent of those attacks and five of those were major EU businesses.

How to avoid being at risk:

Being able to spot a phishing attempt is the best way to avoid an attack. Training your employees to spot the signs is key to helping to reduce the number of phishing click-through rates, as well as having good spam filters.

David Warburton, Senior EMEA Threat Research Evangelist at F5 Networks adds: “We’re in the middle of a cyber crimewave where fishers and fraudsters take advantage of people at their most distracted. It is prime season for individuals giving up credentials or inadvertently installing malware. Businesses are wrapping up end-of-year activities, key staff are on vacation, and record numbers of online holiday shoppers are searching for the best deals, looking for last-minute credit or feeling generous when charities come calling.”

If you’re worried about your cyber security or how informed your staff are to the dangers of phishing, get in touch with the SCS Technology team on 01522 883636 and we’ll be happy to help.