Corporate Attacks

CEOs and executives are targets of cyber criminals

Wondering what whales have got to do with security?

Cyber-attacks don’t just target individuals. Corporations are just as vulnerable to online fraud.

'Whaling' is when cyber criminals target ‘big fish’ CEOs and executives. They try to get access to their information or inbox, then email employees, posing as the CEO/Executive, asking for money or information.

Here are a few simple tips to keep cyber criminals out of your business:

  • Encourage your employees to question any unusual requests, even if they’re from someone they know or someone in a position of authority.
  • If you or your employees are unsure about the legitimacy of an email, then don’t click on any links or attachments in the email. Call or contact the sender in a different way to double-check.
  • Make sure you’re careful about the information you share online, especially details of your whereabouts, as this could be used in a targeted social engineering attack.