One of the most common types of cyberattacks, phishing attacks are getting more sophisticated by the day. These attacks use social engineering techniques to exploit human nature. The most dangerous part about these attacks is that their success relies on organizations’ weakest link: employees.
Phishing attacks can be performed in a number of ways and take advantage of several different attack vectors. When selecting an anti-phishing solution, it is important to consider all of the potential ways that an organization’s employees can be attacked.
Email is the most common and well-known delivery mechanism for phishing content. Email can deliver malicious content in a number of forms, including:
An organization’s email security solution should include protections against all of these attack vectors. This includes support for sandboxed evaluation of suspicious or malicious attachments, investigation of potential phishing links, and AI-based identification of BEC emails via analysis of the contents of a phishing email and other potential indicators of a compromised account.
Email is only one of the attack vectors that cybercriminals use for performing phishing attacks. Productivity applications such as Microsoft Teams, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, and Microsoft SharePoint are commonly used in these attacks as well.
Like email, all of these platforms are capable of sharing links and files. An attacker can compromise a platform, embed malicious content, and then either wait for a user to fall for the phish or send them a sharing link directly from a compromised account.
Not all phishing and malicious content is actively delivered to the target user. Watering hole attacks create malicious sites that a user is likely to visit on their own. For example, an attacker may compromise a site commonly used by an employee or create their own and work to have it ranked by search engines. When an employee visits the site or searches for a certain term, they visit the site, which can harvest their credentials or install malware on their machines.
For these types of attacks, employees need phishing protection at the endpoint level. This includes the following features:
By implementing these functions, an anti-phishing solution minimizes an organization’s risk of compromised accounts, regardless of how the malicious content reaches the device.
Mobile devices are a common target for phishers. This is for a variety of reasons, including:
All of these factors mean that mobile users are extremely vulnerable to phishing attacks. Any corporate anti-phishing solution should have mobile support and protection for common mobile-based phishing attack vectors.
When selecting an anti-phishing solution, it is important to consider all potential attack vectors and platforms that an attacker can use to target an organization’s employees. Cybercriminals will get creative and use any attack vector or platform in their attacks if it increases their probability of success.
Check Point offers a comprehensive phishing protection solution that provides coverage and protection of all potential phishing attack vectors. Contact us for more information and request a demo to see how we can help to minimize your organization’s phishing risk.