Gone phishin'

Responding to the wrong email could spell disaster. Matt Rhodes looks at ways to prevent this occurring in your company

The recent WannaCry ransomware attacks brought chaos to a large number of organisations across the world and again raised the profile of the increasingly sophisticated activities of cyber-criminals.

News that the virus was spread by attacking vulnerable public systems, which once compromised were used to infect other systems, rather than following a typical phishing attack may only lead to complacency as organisations again focus on physical security.

But cyber-criminals know to target employees with phishing emails to gain access to secure systems. They understand human nature and recognise that busy workers are often distracted, bored or ignorant of the dangers lurking within emails and represent the weakest link in the security chain.