Hackers have moved on from simple scams to sophisticated espionage campaigns, it has been claimed.
According to IT security software provider Norton, some of the world’s largest corporations and government entities are now targets.
Con Mallon, security expert at Norton, said that in order to protect their IT systems, businesses must ensure that all employees are knowledgeable of the risks that surround them online.
He said: “Cybercriminals have increasingly turned their attention towards enterprises due to the potential for monetary gain from compromised corporate information.”
“Attackers have been leveraging the abundance of personal information, openly available on social networking sites, to synthesise socially engineered attacks on key individuals within targeted companies.”
The comments may encourage more companies to seek external PC support services through an IT outsourcing provider.
But all companies, irrespective of their IT setup, have been urged to take as many defensive precautions as possible.
“Ensuring all passwords are strong and difficult to break, avoiding the sharing of key information and clicking on unknown links, are key principles that must be engrained into employees,