Phishing emails are one of the most common cyber threats that an organization may face. Phishing attacks can be used to accomplish a variety of goals for an attacker including stealing user credentials, data, and money, as well as delivering malware to a recipient’s computer.
Phishing attacks are popular with cybercriminals because they are simple to perform yet can be highly effective and profitable. Detecting and blocking phishing emails before they achieve these goals is an essential component of an enterprise email security strategy.
Phishing emails have various goals, and these goals often define how a phishing email will work. In some cases, the goal is credential theft, so a phishing email may masquerade as an email from a legitimate company that points the user to a fake login page. In others, the phishing email may be designed to deliver malware, which is attached to the email.
In all cases, phishing emails use a combination of psychology and trickery to convince the recipient to do something that the attacker wants. Some common pretexts include issues with online accounts, package delivery errors, unpaid invoices, and more.
Some of the common techniques that phishers use to accomplish this and warning signs of a phishing email include:
Phishing emails are designed to use trickery and to convince the recipient to do something. As a general rule, If the request in an email seems odd or potentially dangerous, then be cautious of it.
Phishing attacks pose a significant threat to enterprise cybersecurity because they are designed to exploit an organization’s employees, rather than vulnerabilities in its software or cybersecurity infrastructure. The prevalence of phishing attacks and the risk that they pose to an organization makes it critical for an organization to take steps targeted specifically toward protecting against phishing attacks, including:
Anti-Phishing Solution: An anti-phishing solution will integrate many of these technological protections as well as other anti-phishing features. Deploying one provides an organization with comprehensive protection against phishing threats.
Phishing emails take advantage of the fact that busy employees lack the time and knowledge to inspect each of their emails for signs of phishing content. If a phishing email reaches an employee’s inbox, there is a good chance that at least one recipient will click on the malicious link or open the attachment.
Check Point and Avanan’s anti-phishing solution focuses on preventing phishing from reaching the inbox in the first place. Learn more about how artificial intelligence (AI) can help to mitigate the phishing threat in this whitepaper. You’re also welcome to sign up for a free demo to see how Check Point and Avanan can help to protect your organization and employees against phishing attacks.