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January 23, 2020

Fedex Text Scam Gets National Attention. What About the Other Scams?

FedEx is warning consumers not to fall for a new scam that tries to trick them into opening a text or an email about the status of a delivery.

People across the country are receiving texts and emails that appear to be from FedEx alerting them to a package. The messages contain a "tracking code" and a link to set "delivery preferences." Some people are getting texts with their names and others are addressed to "mate."

An article from USA Today and virtually all media outlets warns users not to click as they will likely infect their phones or computers.

Phishing attacks like this are the primary way hackers install malware on home and work computers.

Yet, typical workers receive little training on how to avoid these threats.

Technology can help but ultimately, every organization depends on the choices made by workers every moment of every day.

Many companies think this can’t happen to them or that cyber insurance will protect them. Sadly, the problems are spreading – getting far worse and companies are being put out of business or losing numerous customers as a result of breaches.

Not every scam receives national attention which is why companies need to take precautions to stay safe.

There is no way to be 100% protected – there are however many precautions all companies and organizations should take immediately. If you are protecting an industrial control system, this article has five steps worth considering.

Everyone should follow these steps:

1) Read cybersecurity essentials – a simple list which will help most organizations become far more secure.

2) Go to a phishing simulation vendor now and sign up for one of their offerings. Phish360 is great and costs nothing to get started. This is needed to train workers by testing them without their knowledge by sending real-looking emails to their inboxes. If they click, they are immediately trained on what not to do.

3) We also recommend you get a free evaluation of your cybersecurity risk from an MSP/MSSP or tech support vendor immediately – they can also help you build in the needed compliance to reduce the risk of being fined.

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