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Given the opportunity, hackers and cybercriminals will do their best to make a buck of any situation they can find – even scams based on the destruction of a world-class religious site.

It seems cold and heartless, but it was effective – and is a good example of how hackers can be creative with how they run their fake domain scams.

Regardless of whether or not you think scams like these could affect your business, understanding how they occur and how to avoid them can teach you some important lessons for improving the cybersecurity of your own organization.

Beware the Fake Web Domains

The Notre Dame scam brought to light an effective – and scary – tool cybercriminals can employ to separate you from your money – fake domains. In this example, fake sites were set up to look legitimate, but hackers are getting smart and always finding new ways to drive traffic from legitimate sites and into their own traps.

Like the Notre Dame scandal, cybercriminals could set up domains similar in name and nature to your own site, and begin collecting data and traffic to deter your customers in a strategy called social engineering. What’s worse, is that not only could these scams take your customer’s money away, but in the long run, it can put a black mark on your business if they don’t realize their mistakes immediately. Once their sensitive data is shared with the web, it might as well be on a billboard – and even though it’s not the fault of your organization, their trust in attempting that business again may be drastically limited.

BYOD – Bring Your Own (Cyber) Disaster

In 2019, bringing your own device to work is more common than bringing your own lunch. Who would have guessed even 10 years ago that we’d be so attached these devices – and that they’d offer so many critical security issues for businesses large and small?

Every device brought into your organization – regardless of the size or who the owner is – can become a major security threat, all because of the people using them.

Human negligence is the biggest threat in cybersecurity – and giving every employee a handheld device that can access your secure network and sensitive data is like playing with fire. Sadly, it’s a dangerous game that cannot be avoided in the modern business world, which means that creating an effective cybersecurity plan is a critical step for every business leader.

All Scams Aren’t Just Online

This is a good opportunity to talk about scams that can still easily affect your organization or your customers, and can’t be prevented by any cybersecurity plan – telemarketing scams.

The term sounds old school because it is – these scams have been around as long as the phone, and are the great-great-grandfathers of modern internet-based scams. Although these scams tend to be targeted toward the elderly these days, that being said, they still pose a danger every day – and they can affect your organization and your customers.

Like traditional cybersecurity plans, know how to educate your employees on avoiding telemarketing scams is important to avoid falling victim. Likewise, being communicative with your customers is critical in ensuring they don’t fall for a scammer putting up a facade of your organization – letting them know you’d never call and ask for personal information, or reminding them to double check that security questions are asked before they provide personal information can help ensure you keep your customers safe and happy.

Worried About These Threats and More? Let Us Help

It’s a dangerous world out there, and that means keeping your customers and employees safe online and off is becoming increasingly difficult. It’s a lot for a team to take on – and if you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t fret.

Our team at NENS has the experience you need to ensure that your organization – and your clients – are purchasing from your site and sharing data as safely as possible. Contact us today to learn more about our services and the steps we can help you take to prevent scams in 2019.

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