How to Prevent Phishing Attacks

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How to Prevent Phishing Attacks?

In today’s world where everything is digitalized, one cannot work without using the internet. Emails are a major form of communication in most business enterprises. Employees send and receive dozens of emails each day from colleagues, suppliers, vendors, seniors, and customers. Ranging from a complaint to a query to a request for fund transfer or a form download the emails contain a wide array of topics.

 

Attackers know this and take full advantage of the fact that the employees do not have enough time to double and triple check each email they receive unless they have a reason to find it suspicious. Most phishing attacks happen with attackers sending malicious emails impersonating to be someone the employees interact with on a regular basis.

 

In this blog, we will know more about how to prevent phishing attacks and effectively lock the phishing emails. Before we begin, let us see the types of phishing attacks used by scammers to dupe the employees.

 

  • Spear Phishing
    • Impersonating a known person from the enterprise and establishing a connection with employees to ask for favors. Just about everyone is vulnerable to spear phishing.
  • Business Email Compromise (BEC)
    • Targeting employees by posing as suppliers or vendors and asking for payments is a part of spear phishing.
  • Brand Forgery
    • Use fake logos of famous brands and sending emails claiming to be from the brand. Employees who have accounts with those brands are an easy target as the emails may not be filtered by ordinary spam filters.
  • Malware and Ransomware
    • Almost every enterprise has malware existing in its system. That is the extent to which scammers are successful in their phishing attacks. When an employee downloads a file sent by the attackers, the malware spreads into the system taking control. When attackers ask money in return to free the system it is termed as Ransomware.

 

Let us see how to prevent phishing attacks due to CEO fraud and Domain Spoofing.

As the name suggests, CEO fraud is when an attacker impersonates a CEO or a person of importance and uses the position for financial gains. The domain name of the email is almost similar to that one the enterprise with a letter or two misplaced. Employees most of the time, fail to catch the difference. As the format and tone of the emails will be familiar, scammers have it easy.

 

The next generation anti phishing software uses state-of-the-art protection to see emails like humans do; with extra vision. Computer vision is a technology that helps in detecting the most minute changes in the email URL and domain names. Thus alerted, the software scans the contents of the email, checks the source, and alerts the employees about the email being fraudulent.

 

Scanning the company logos to see if they are fake, reading the code to check for malicious software, tracing the behavioral pattern to identify the origin of the email using artificial intelligence will ensure that all such emails are blocked.

 

The latest anti phishing software provides complete email security and can be deployed in an enterprise of any size and volume in less than an hour. Enterprises will be protected from attackers as soon as it has been integrated with the existing security systems.

 

Preventing Zero Day attacks is one of the toughest tasks for an enterprise. The traditional software uses existing URL database to compare the signatures of an email link to check the authenticity of the email. Taking this as an advantage attackers are creating new URLs in hundreds and thousands and using those to send emails.

 

It takes anything from 48-72 hours to develop the signature for a new URL until when the email stays active, duping employees in less than 5 minutes. The latest anti phishing software does not depend on the existing database. Instead, it reads the code and checks the page which the URL leads the users to. This helps in identifying fraudulent emails and blocking them effectively.

 

Banners pop up with each email alerting users about the authenticity of the email and providing information in simple and user-friendly language. Users can report an email from any device and from any location.

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