How to protect against phishing attacks
Employees to be tested with mock emails
“Phish” To try to obtain financial or other confidential information from Internet users, typically by sending an e-mail that looks as if it is from a legitimate organization, usually a financial institution, but contains a link to a fake website that replicates the real one.
HOUSTON Waste Management will begin a new awareness program to send mock phishing emails and see how employees respond to these tests. Periodically, employees with WM email addresses will receive fake messages designed to look like real phishing emails.
“Employees are expected to use their knowledge to avoid acting on these malicious messages,” said Gautam Roy, VP of IT Infrastructure, Operations, and Technical Services. “Anyone who falls for the phishing email will be redirected to a site that provides guidance on how to avoid being phished.”
Phishing is one of the most common attacks hackers use to gain access to computer systems and networks.
“Waste Management maintains a constant vigil against cyber-attacks,” said Roy. “However, recent incidents in many Fortune 500 companies have highlighted the need to step up our efforts and take appropriate action to protect the company and its employees. A key element in preventing a cyber-attack is a well informed and alert workforce. We fully expect that a significant number of employees will be fooled by these fake emails.”
To reinforce your knowledge:
- Watch a short video at http://youtu.be/9gBng-O3w_Q
- Visit the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Phishing Site at www.onguardonline.gov/phishing