Every organization must implement a baseline of cybersecurity measures, encompassing elements such as firewalls, antivirus software, VPNs, encryption, and centrally managed security policies. However, the evolving landscape of cyberthreats means that modern cybercriminals are adept at circumventing these defenses.

Consider a contemporary scam that targets individuals and families rather than businesses directly. This is pertinent because attacks on organizations often exploit vulnerabilities in the personal lives of their employees. One such alarming scam preys on the emotions of the elderly.

Picture receiving a distressing call informing you that a loved one is in jail with a broken nose after a car accident. The caller, claiming to be the affected family member, provides a brief, frantic account of the situation. Subsequently, a supposed representative calmly explains the accident involving a pregnant woman. This is what is called a Grandparents Scam and it is highly effective. The attack uses AI to mimic a person’s voice and manipulate emotions, leading the victim to withdraw a significant sum for bail.

This insidious scam has widespread repercussions, with scammers making off with substantial sums of money. Even a seasoned Philadelphia attorney fell victim to it. The attorney underscores the importance of raising awareness as a key defense against such threats.

The video emphasizes the need for heightened cybersecurity awareness, not just in personal matters but also in the workplace. Modern cyberthreats exploit urgency and emotional manipulation, be it through deceptive emails, fake alerts, or phone impersonations. While there’s no foolproof guide to identifying scams due to their ever-changing nature, maintaining vigilance and a healthy skepticism is crucial.

Responsibility for cybersecurity awareness falls on everyone in the organization, from business owners and management to staff, consultants, interns, and freelancers. Establishing a cybersecurity culture begins at the top, and if business leaders neglect this, employees are unlikely to prioritize it. Importantly, falling victim to a cyberscam should not be met with shame or punishment but with an emphasis on awareness, encouraging a reporting culture.

To fortify your organization’s cybersecurity and instill a culture of cyberawareness, contact us at (212) 796-6061.