26 July 2022 – VIPRE Security Group, a provider of security solutions that protect people and businesses from costly and malicious threats, has released its new whitepaper, which highlights the rise in phishing attacks – and the importance of investing in a phishing prevention toolkit to ameliorate these risks.
Phishing remains one of the biggest security threats to businesses of all sizes, and was identified as the most common type of security attack (82%) in the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2021. Phishing has become increasingly hard to detect, highly targeted, and constantly evolving to take advantage of both users and organisations to gain access to personal and valuable information.
In the modern threat landscape, cyber-attack methods are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and phishers are now using advanced social engineering to lure users into giving away confidential company data.
The whitepaper highlights that businesses can reduce the threat of phishing by deploying a mix of software solutions to protect IT systems, combined with regular phishing awareness training and phishing penetration testing. The phishing prevention toolbox should include:
- Email security: Email is the attack vector used by cybercriminals to deliver phishing attacks. The first step in preventing phishing via email is to ensure you have basic protection in place at the time of receiving and handling emails, with bulk protection.
- Sandboxing: Attachment sandboxing executes attachments in a protected cloud environment so that the behaviour of the content can be observed to catch any suspicious activity or attempts to download additional malicious components.
- Web security: Web Security can help protect users from potential phishing websites and restrict user access to malicious and inappropriate sites.
- Anti-phishing protection: Machine learning can be used to scan emails for possible phishing scams by comparing links to known phishing data. Bad links are then stripped from the email to remove any chance that a user might click on them
- Security awareness training: Convenient, cloud-based learning solutions can be implemented to build awareness among employees and teach users to keep security top of mind in everything they do. Empower employees to be their company’s best defence from cybersecurity risks.
By implementing the right technology, combined with consistent delivery of end-user education, businesses can manage and avoid such threats. Software tools can help identify potential phishing emails but they are not the complete solution. In today’s hybrid working environment, employees need to be regularly made aware of these threats, wherever they are working and on whatever devices they are using.
“It is possible to fight back against phishing attacks with the right security tools in place and that includes regularly scheduled security awareness training for employees,” says Lee Schor, chief revenue officer of VIPRE. “With constantly evolving threats, including zero-day threats in different guises delivered via SMS, phone and email, investing in a comprehensive phishing toolbox is essential to fully protect your organisation.”
To find out more about VIPRE and its latest phishing whitepaper, please download the full report here.
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