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SB088 Checks emails for signs of deception

Criminals will often use emails as an attack vector. Unexpected emails should always be checked for malicious characteristics. Malicious characteristics include; unknown links, sender details and attachments, unusual requests, and emotive language.

Why is it important?

Signs of deception can indicate an email is malicious. Emails can contain malware or take people to fake or malicious websites.

Checking an email for suspicious characteristics means harmful actions can be avoided.

Priority Tier

Behaviours in SebDB are ranked by their impact on risk. Tier 1 behaviours have the biggest impact, Tier 4 behaviours the least.

Tier 1

Risk Mitigated

Malware Infection

Malware Infection

Malware infections occur when malicious software makes its way on to a device or network.

Account Compromise

Account Compromise

Account compromise happens when unauthorised people access them.

Data Theft

Data Theft

Data theft is the intentional stealing of data.

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