Beware of Phishing and Other Cyber Scams
As phishing emails circulated across the insights industry this week, the Insights Association reminds everyone to stay vigilant with every communication they receive and avoid falling prey to scams.
Phishing is a crime in which someone is deceived into sharing sensitive information or installing malware. In this case, it was in the form of an email from someone the recipients know inviting recipients to click a SharePoint link to download a request for proposal, which triggers the same phishing email to be sent out under the recipient’s name to their whole contact file, and the cycle continues.
See a sample below (with name/email/company blocked out):
The FTC has a quick guide to how phishing works, recognizing the scams, how to protect your business from them and how to respond if someone in your organization falls for one. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) also has a lot of guidance on basic cybersecurity in its Shields Up campaign.
IA also recommends reviewing some cybersecurity basics for insights providers, reviewing other compliance information on consumer privacy and data security from IA, and consider some professional and cyber liability insurance and adopting ISO 27001 and 27701 (the Information Security Standard).
Further questions or concerns? Please get in touch.
This information is not intended and should not be construed as or substituted for legal advice. It is provided for informational purposes only. It is advisable to consult with private counsel on the precise scope and interpretation of any laws/regulation/legislation and their impact on your particular business.
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