Cybercriminals Use HTTPS Links to Gain Access to Your Data

By 01/04/2019Security

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According to Phishme research, 91% of attack-related data breaches begin with a spear phishing email.  Most of us have heard about phishing and know to stay away from unsafe sites but did you know that 80% of people polled by APWG believe that the HTTPS notation along with the padlock in the URL address means that the site is legitimate and/or safe to visit?

HTTPS (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure) means that the communication between your browser and the website is encrypted. It does not imply that the site you are visiting is safe. If even one of your users believe HTTPS to mean that the site is safe to visit, your organization is susceptible to a data breach.

To mitigate this risk, we recommend multiple layers of protection including:

  • FortiMail which recently received Top AAA Rating in SE Labs Email Security Test demonstrating 100 percent detection of phishing attacks with zero false positives.
  • End-user testing and training which can start with a live phishing test, a custom phishing test template, a custom landing page, and a full report to give you a starting place in knowing your vulnerabilities.

Contact Xiologix to learn more.

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