Things you should Know When Looking for Antiphishing Software
There is no denying the havoc a phishing attack could create in an enterprise. Loss of money and information will have long-term effects on the enterprise. It takes just one employee to fall victim to a phishing attack to mock the security efforts of the enterprise.
Do you know that as much as 90% of the security breaches start with a simple email? Identifying the source after being attacked does nothing to bring back the lost money. Email systems such as Office 365 and G Suite have their built-in security systems to keep the phishing attacks at bay.
Yet, we see that enterprises that use these email systems have also fallen prey to phishing attacks. None of the antivirus and spam ware software seem to be providing total security if the phishing attacks have doubled in the last two years.
So when looking for antiphishing software, there are certain things the enterprises should know. Let us start by listing out the types of phishing attacks.
- Whaling Attacks
- Impersonating a top-level executive and sending emails to employees, asking them to follow certain instructions and stealing money or confidential information is known as Whaling attack.
- Malware and Ransomware
- Sending a virus into the system of the enterprise as an email attachment is known as malware. When the attacker takes control of the system and demands ransom money to release it, it is known as ransomware.
- Spear Phishing
- Impersonating a known person from the enterprise is known as spear phishing.
- CEO Fraud
- Using a domain name similar to the domain name of the enterprise with minute changes and sending emails to employees by impersonating a CEO is known as CEO fraud.
- Brand Forgery
- Almost all top brands have been a victim of brand forgery. Scammers use fake logos of a known brand and send messages in their name. Most employees have accounts with such brands and it is easy to assume the email is genuine.
- Zero Day Attack
- This is the latest type of phishing attack that has no solution and is undetected by the traditional antivirus software.
- Domain Spoofing
- Even the most sophisticated users cannot detect domain spoofing. With a change in a single character in the domain name, the scammers send emails that appear highly genuine.
- Business Email Compromise (BEC)
- One of the most thriving scams in the industry, BEC where the attacker impersonates an important vendor or supplier and asks for a large amount of money to be transferred to them.
When looking for antiphishing software, it is important to go for the latest and advanced version that is powerful and provides all-round protection from phishing attacks.
- Software that is built on a cloud platform and runs on the cloud can become invisible to attackers. It stands as an invisible wall between the phishing attacks and the email security system.
- Software that can be seamlessly integrated with any of the existing email systems or other software.
- Software that can be deployed easily, within a matter of minutes throughout the enterprise.
- A next-generation antiphishing software that uses artificial intelligence to detect the minute changes in domain names and alert the users.
- A software with technology such as computer vision which ‘sees’ the empty logos and hidden malicious codes in the email.
Machine learning is a technique in which the behavioral pattern of each employee is recorded so that any email that does not fit the pattern is treated as a suspicious email. The origin of the email is checked to see if it is from the internal system or an external one.
Brand profiling helps in identifying the emails that claim to be from a particular brand but are actually from the attackers. Reading the code and checking the authenticity of the webpage the code leads to ensure that no phishing email can bypass the security provided by the software.
Inky offers antiphishing software solutions to enterprises irrespective of the size and volume of the business. Employees can report an email from any device and any location at any given point in time.
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