PHISHING SEASON IS HERE!
You’re gearing up for tax season, one of your busiest times of the year. But phishing scammers are gearing up, too. The Federal Bureau of Investigation reports Human Resource departments and W-2 data are top targets in online personal info theft.
Phishing relies on unsuspecting people who take a situation at face value without researching whether it’s legitimate. They are the weakest link in your security chain, and are most likely to be tricked into sending money or information to imposters.
Fraud attacks can come via e-mails, instant messages, texts or phone calls. Phishing scammers make their communication look and sound legitimate, and they get more sophisticated each year.
Regular anti-fraud training will keep your employees aware of the latest schemes and attacks. Be sure they know what information you consider sensitive or proprietary – the data that should never be released without an approved reason.
Build defense measures into your standard workflow. Validate information requests with a call back procedure. Limit access to sensitive information and require supervisor sign-off on changes to vendor and client information.
Technology can help thwart hackers:
- Use cyber security software
- Use mobile device security and secure Wi-Fi
- Use two-factor authentication
- Test your team with fictitious e-mails or by hiring security companies to test your defenses
- Track all incidences of fraud attempts
Not just for tax season, these tips can keep you and your information safer all year!