Phishing Attacks

Security threats come in many different forms. Phishing attacks now rank as one of the top entry points into organizations. Criminals are using phishing attacks to obtain confidential information like login credentials, banking information, and other personal data. They’re also able to gain control over desktops and expand throughout entire networks. 

Phishing is not a “new threat”. Criminals have been using this tactic for years, and most employees are aware of basic phishing concepts and are able to detect these attacks.  However, vigilance is key as criminals have become more and more sophisticated with evolving techniques. Employees are being targeted with Deceptive Phishing, Spear Phishing, Vishing, Smishing, and more. 

So what can businesses do to help their employees defend against these attacks?

It starts with testing and adopting a product that uses a hybrid approach to phishing simulation with a database of pre-defined payloads, then using customization techniques to create tests that match the most sophisticated attacks being used today. However, testing is only the beginning of the process. Organizations should be coupling testing with ongoing training, education, and validation of progress.

In addition to Anti-Phishing and Security Awareness Training programs, businesses should be focused on preventing as many phishing emails from getting to their employees as possible.  Aside from your standard spam filtering services, one solution that is growing in popularity is domain protection and prevention. This service will monitor and lock down hundreds of domains that are closely related to the company’s domain(s), since these are most commonly used for spoofing attacks.  

In conclusion, when it comes to phishing-based attacks, your employees are the first line of defense. User awareness of these threats and how they are executed is a key component of a comprehensive approach to security. Companies need to be taking the proper steps to reduce the risk of human error through education, as well as advanced prevention measures.