Blocking Phishing Emails with the Latest Anti-phishing Softwareby Kristen White Blogger A phishing attack occurs when attackers or scammers send fraudulent emails to users by impersonating a known brand, entity, or person. They gain the trust of the users and ask them for confidential information, to open a link, to download a file, or to send money. When the user believes the email is genuine and performs the attacker’s request, the attacker gains access to the computer system and personal information of the user. If the user is an employee of a business, the attacker can access the enterprise’s entire system.
The FBI reports that businesses are losing around $12 billion to phishing attacks every year. Even with advanced technology available, these attacks are still prevalent. No enterprise (big or small) is safe from a phishing attack. Phishers prefer to target employees because it allows them to access vast information stored on their employer’s systems.
Why do phishers continue to have an upper hand over businesses? Can enterprises successfully prevent their employees from being tricked by phishing attacks? What steps should enterprises take to prevent phishing? Where can I learn How to Block Phishing Emails?
Let’s get some answers to your questions.
Attackers are continuing to fool employees by using various means of attack. By not using the right kind of anti-phishing software or training and educating employees about the phishing attacks, employees and employers are creating vulnerabilities.
Enterprises need to understand that phishing is an organized crime and that attackers will not stop their efforts until an employee falls prey to them. Phishers are great at bypassing and breaching existing firewalls and security filters. The sheer number of fake websites they create per day is staggering. Fighting phishing attacks takes a comprehensive plan of action.
There are many ways in which a phisher can gain the trust of an employee and trick him/her. First, businesses should start by educating their employees about the types of phishing attacks and how they identify them.
Second, enterprises can successfully prevent phishing attacks by getting the latest anti-phishing software. The latest software has been developed using artificial intelligence technologies. They run on a cloud platform that creates an invisible layer of protection to the email system.
Among the various types of phishing attacks, Spear Phishing Prevention is something enterprises will need to focus on. Every employee is at risk of becoming a target of spear phishing.
Spear phishing occurs when an attacker poses as a colleague or a vendor associated with the business and asks for a money transfer or confidential information. Traditional software usually relies on examining URLs or the sender’s address to determine if the email is genuine. Next-generation anti-phishing software goes a step further. It uses machine learning to record behavior patterns and then compares it with other emails received.
The software searches the logos and text for malicious code and checks any linked pages. It traces the source of the email to see if it has been sent from the internal network or an external one. Computer vision technology “reads” the minute changes in email addresses and alerts employees.
Understanding the threat of spear phishing and some techniques attackers use will help employees and employers stay safe. Advanced technologies provide further protections from phishing attacks. Deploying the latest anti-phishing software across an enterprise is the best way to prevent phishing attacks.
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