What is Phishing Protection?

There is a broad range of cybersecurity threats.  Some are driven by AI, while others use bots or brute force.  Phishing attacks are more subtle and rely on phycology.

The goal of a phishing attack is to manipulate the target into performing an act.  That includes divulging personal information, providing security or login credentials, sending money, shipping products, or releasing confidential intellectual property.  Phishing cybercriminals can be individual hackers, state-funded actors, or involved in corporate espionage.

Key Ingredients for a Phishing Attack

Phishing cybercriminals understand how to leverage resources to gain knowledge.  The more information they process about a targeted individual or business, the more successful they are in executing an attack.  Even the smallest amount of data is valuable.

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  • Spear phishing, which focuses on a single target.
  • URL phishing impersonates a known entity, such as your bank.
  • Lateral phishing uses hijacked business email accounts to send phishing emails to one or many recipients.
  • Spam phishing or mass email phishing targets a large number of people.
  • Voice phishing are robot-phone calls using automated messaging systems to solicit and record responses.
  • SMS phishing uses messaging applications instead of email or voice to deliver the attack.
  • Email phishing is the most commonly used and traditional means of phishing.

Stop Phishing Before It Starts

The overwhelming majority of phishing attacks are conducted using email.  Having a multilayered cybersecurity posture, which includes a secure email service, is paramount to preventing phishing attacks.  A secure email service should include several capabilities.

  • URL filtering and Brand Protection - confirms domain authenticity and detects false sender addresses, often associated with a phishing attack. It also filters out domains that are not authorized to send emails to the organization.
  • DNS Blocking - prevents users who click a link from visiting websites that are known to be malicious
  • Deep Inspection - delivers deep message and attachment analysis with spam, malware, and phishing filtering.
  • DLP (Data Loss Protection) - intercepts unauthorized outgoing communication containing sensitive information such as security credentials, credit card data, or controlled documents such as confidential engineering drawings.
  • Isolation - sends any suspicious messages to a quarantine zone or sandbox outside the organization’s infrastructure for further inspection.
  • Messaging Integration - coordinates cybersecurity processes and policies with instant messaging services like IM, Slack, and Skype.

Employee phishing detection training is essential.  A multi-layer cyber-security posture will halt nearly all phishing attacks before they enter the organization.

Unfortunately, not all phishing attacks originate from outside the corporate.  Some are internal threats perpetrated by employees or individuals who are authorized to access systems.

It is recommended to periodically train users on how to identify, respond to, and report phishing attacks.

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