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I wrote recently about an attack on utility companies by crafting a clever email aimed at specific engineers. That could easily happen with software developers and IT pros, which is why I think it pays to be extra cautious when dealing with any communications that come from others. Whether emails appear to be from internal or external users, phishing is a real concern for those of us that have privileged access to systems, and it should continue to be a concern for the foreseeable future.

I ran across an article that talks about some of the defenses that you can implement. Certainly education is key as one person noted in a comment on my previous article. They said their security department sends around pictures of phishing emails. That's a good idea, but the volume might be overwhelming in today's heavily probed environments. I think it would be easy for me to make a mistake after seeing too many examples and when I'm expecting some communication from someone and I get a phishing email on that topic. Still, educating users with privileged accounts know this is a regular occurrence is a good idea.

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