Phishing Attacks and Email Security

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Phishing Attacks and Email Security

Every IT admin in organizations across the world is evolving to find and uncover new ways to stop phishing attacks. Phishing is one of the most common, most effective, and most damaging types of attacks that hackers can utilize to break into accounts, steal data, and scam businesses throughout the country. 

Phishing attacks have steadily increased over the past few years, but the COVID-19 pandemic and the move to a remote workforce have increased five-fold. 

But stopping phishing attacks can be made easier for your organization and it does not need to be expensive. There are a range of tools you can use to protect users and data from phishing. 

  • Your first line of defense against phishing is a Secure Email Gateway. A good email gateway will block over 99% of spam emails and will remove any email that contains any malicious links or attachments. This means they are crucial in stopping users from receiving fraudulent phishing emails. 
  • Post-Delivery protection platforms are critical in preventing any sending out of internal phishing emails if an account does become compromised. Typically, these platforms use algorithms powered by machine learning and AI which are few typical attributes of phishing emails. They then apply these attributes to the emails your users send and receive, along with analysis from anti-virus engines, to detect suspicious emails. 
  • Website Filtering is one of the most important ways to prevent users from accessing phishing websites. There are a few ways that web filtering works, the most common being using DNS. Organizations can then block certain categories and enable policies that will block users from accessing any phishing pages. 
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