Email is one of the most widely used forms of corporate communication, but it is also a common cyberattack vector. Phishing attacks are a common means for attackers to gain initial access to an organization’s environment, deploying malware or compromising credentials.
Email scanners are email security solutions that have the ability to inspect emails, and can identify phishing, malware, and other common email-borne threats.
Phishing is one of the most common cyberattacks, and it’s popular because it’s effective. While many organizations have cybersecurity awareness and anti-phishing training, it doesn’t always work. Phishing attacks are growing increasingly sophisticated, increasing the probability that a malicious email that reaches an employee’s inbox will successfully get them to click. A click on a malicious link or attachment can have a significant impact on an organization. Successful phishing attacks can lead to data breaches, ransomware infections, and other expensive and damaging security incidents.
Email scanning solutions are vital to reducing the risk that email poses to an organization. By identifying and blocking malicious emails before they reach an employee’s inbox, email scanning reduces the chance that an employee will inadvertently fall for a phishing attack and place the organization at risk.
Email scanning solutions can work in a couple of ways. One of the main differences is how they interpose themselves into the email communication stream. Two of the most common approaches include:
When emails pass through an email scanner, it can use a variety of techniques to identify malicious content. These include scanning for signatures of known malware variants and using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to detect novel threats or email content that indicates a potential social engineering attack.
Emails can contain a wide variety of potential threats to the organization. Some of the threats that email scanners can identify and block include the following:
Email is a common tool that attackers use to deploy malware on an organization’s systems, steal sensitive information, or perform social engineering attacks that cost the company money. Even the best employee training program doesn’t guarantee that users will correctly identify phishing threats and will avoid clicking on malicious links or attachments.
With the right email scanning solution, an organization can dramatically reduce the threat posed by email-borne attacks. However, some email scanning solutions and approaches are more effective than others. Learn why API-based email scanning solutions are the right choice in this report by Gartner.
Check Point and Avanan’s email scanning solution provides robust protection against a wide range of email threats. Learn more about how Check Point is a leader in the email security space in this report by Omdia. Then, see the capabilities of Check Point Harmony Email and Collaboration for yourself by signing up for a free demo today.