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  • Writer's pictureChad Humphrey

Strengthening Your District's Defenses Against Payroll Diversion Scams: Vital Security Protocols 

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In recent years, businesses across various industries have encountered a mounting threat from payroll diversion scams. These cyberattacks involve perpetrators manipulating email communication to redirect payroll funds, posing significant risks to organizations of all sizes. The urgency to implement robust security measures cannot be overstated. 

 Understanding Payroll Diversion Scams 

Payroll diversion scams entail cybercriminals impersonating employees to manipulate direct deposit information. Utilizing sophisticated tactics like social engineering or computer intrusion, attackers compromise email accounts and dupe unsuspecting employees into altering their direct deposit details. Once successful, they reroute funds to their accounts, leading to financial loss and potential business disruption. 

The Rising Threat of Email Phishing Attacks 

Recent findings from the FBI highlight a surge in email phishing attacks aimed at stealing and diverting direct deposit information. These attacks exploit vulnerabilities in email security, posing a risk to your ERP, Google, or Microsoft accounts. Immediate action is crucial to protect your employees and business assets. 

Protecting Your Data 

Equipping yourself with knowledge and tools to detect and prevent these scams is paramount. Consider these essential steps to fortify your accounts.

 For Security Administrators: 

1. Review User Roles: Ensure users have only the necessary roles for their job function. 

2. Enable Account Recovery: Implement options for account recovery to enhance user protection and receive critical notifications. 

3. Implement Two-Step Verification: Strengthen security by requiring two-step verification for users with access to sensitive data. 

 For Users: 

1. Strengthen Passwords: Create strong, unique passwords tailored to your ERP account. 

2. Guard Your Password: Never share your password and remain cautious of phishing attempts. 

3. Activate Account Recovery: Keep your email updated and enable account recovery for immediate notifications of any changes. 

4. Monitor Login Activity: Regularly review login history for inconsistencies and report any suspicious activity promptly. 

5. Exercise Caution Online: Be mindful of sharing personal information and stay vigilant against unsolicited requests. 

6. Stay Informed: Keep software updated and utilize virus/malware protection to safeguard devices.


The Risks of Inaction 

If your current system lacks the necessary security features to combat modern cyber threats, you may be leaving your business vulnerable to exploitation. Without robust security measures in place, you risk falling victim to payroll diversion scams and other malicious activities, jeopardizing the financial stability and reputation of your organization. 

Embracing a Modern Solution 

In light of these risks, now is the time to consider transitioning to a modern platform. With

SylogistEd, you can leverage advanced security features and proactively monitor your data to mitigate security risks. Our platform offers comprehensive security solutions designed to safeguard your business and empower you to focus on what matters most—driving success and growth.

Take Action Today 

Don't wait until it is too late. Contact us to learn more about how SylogistEd can help fortify your business's defenses against payroll diversion scams and other cybersecurity threats. Together, we can ensure the security and resilience of your organization in an increasingly digital world. 



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