Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - 22

FEATURE

Phishing

in the New Wild West:
Identifying
to Your
Association

Risks

Email

By Dallas Emerson

THE WORD "PHISHING" makes
me uneasy for a few reasons. First
off, the spelling is just ... creepy.
Second, it refers to one of the
most popular and most damaging
cybercrimes today. Third, it reminds
me of the prog-rock band named
Phish - and I'm not a fan.
Phishing has been a problem
for businesses and individuals for
a long time (in internet years), but
really rose to the top of Americans'
radar in 2016 when Hillary Clinton's
campaign chair, John Podesta, had
his email hacked with a phishing
attack. It seemed to grab the
attention of cyber-criminals too -
phishing attacks are growing in the
U.S. and Europe.
In many ways, the lawlessness
of the internet today resembles the
Wild West. We all should be ready
for an attack at any time. Like the
Wild West, the internet is a vast,
unforgiving landscape populated
largely by criminals and other ne'erdo-wells, and dotted with islands of
stability and safety.
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Its not much of an exaggeration; in
2017, cybercrime cost Americans more
than $5 billion.
Last year, TSAE asked me to
write about ransomware and what
associations can do to defend
themselves.
Now, we're talking about phishing,
and why it poses such a unique threat
to associations.

Phishing and Spear-Phishing
The United States Computer
Emergency Readiness Team
(US-CERT) defines phishing as, "an
attempt by an individual or group
to solicit personal information from
unsuspecting users by employing
social engineering techniques.
Phishing emails are crafted to appear
as if they have been sent from a
legitimate organization or known
individual. These emails often attempt
to entice users to click on a link that
will take the user to a fraudulent
website that appears legitimate. The
user then may be asked to provide
personal information, such as account

usernames and passwords, that
can further expose them to future
compromises. Additionally, these
fraudulent websites may contain
malicious code."
That's a major block of text, but
it's a great and exhaustive definition.
If you skimmed over it, I cannot
recommend strongly enough that you
go back and read it.
Phishing costs American
businesses about five hundred million
dollars per year according to Forbes
... and its only getting worse. The
sophistication, number, and cost of
attacks is increasing every year.
While most attacks in previous
years were directed at major private
businesses, attacks are now
spreading to small businesses,
governments, and nonprofit
organizations.
In the modern Wild West, pretty
much anyone is a target.
From truck drivers to high-ranking
political players as we mentioned
before, as soon as one's guard
is down, they can be exploited.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Association Leadership - May/June 2018

Homepage
60-Second Solutions
Ask a Hotelier
Tech Talks Recap
What Every Association Professional Needs to Know About Advocacy
Are There Blind Spots in Your Sexual Harassment Policies?
Email Phishing in the New Wild West
Identifying Email Risks to Your Association
Harness the Power of Your Publication
Meetings Minute
Destination Planner
New Members
Index to Advertisers
Backpack to Briefcase
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - Intro
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - cover1
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - cover2
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - 3
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - 4
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - 5
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - 6
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - Homepage
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - 60-Second Solutions
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - 9
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - Ask a Hotelier
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - 11
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - Tech Talks Recap
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - 13
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - What Every Association Professional Needs to Know About Advocacy
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - 15
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - 16
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - 17
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - 18
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - 19
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - Are There Blind Spots in Your Sexual Harassment Policies?
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - 21
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - Identifying Email Risks to Your Association
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - 23
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - Harness the Power of Your Publication
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - 25
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - Meetings Minute
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - Destination Planner
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - New Members
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - Index to Advertisers
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - Backpack to Briefcase
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - cover3
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - cover4
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