As more users fall prey to a phishing or spear-phishing mail attack, anti-phishing software has become a critical piece of technology for organizations everywhere.
In a phishing attack, users receive an email that seems to come from a legitimate source or a trusted sender. The copy asks the user to reveal login credentials like usernames and passwords, or sensitive information like bank account numbers, credit card information and Social Security numbers.
What is spear phishing? Spear phishing attacks take this hacking technique to a whole new level, targeting specific individuals with information gathered from social networking sites that allows the hacker to appear to be a colleague or superior. CEO fraud phishing uses email that appears to come from the CEO or another C-suite executive.
Because phishing attacks exploit user behavior, most programs for anti-phishing protection involve training for users on how to spot phishing attempts. But with more than 90% of successful hacking attacks beginning with a phishing email, organizations need to offer employees more than phishing tips if they want to avoid a security breach.
Mimecast provides anti phishing software as part of an all-in-one, subscription service for managing business email. Mimecast's cloud-based platform provides a broad range of solutions for email security, archiving, continuity, compliance, e-Discovery, and backup and recovery. As a SaaS-based solution, Mimecast requires no hardware or software to be purchased, and companies can avoid capital investment in favor of a predictable monthly subscription cost.
Mimecast anti-phishing services include:
Mimecast anti-phishing technology provides a comprehensive and automated backup for when users fail to recognize a phishing email or adhere to security policy. Mimecast anti-phishing services can be implemented and rolled out throughout an organization immediately. And with Mimecast anti-phishing solutions, organizations get protection on and off the network with no disruption to users or to productivity.
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What is anti-phishing?
Anti-phishing refers to efforts to block phishing attacks. Phishing is a kind of cybercrime where attackers pose as known or trusted entities and contact individuals through email, text or telephone and ask them to share sensitive information. Typically, in a phishing email attack, and the message will suggest that there is a problem with an invoice, that there has been suspicious activity on an account, or that the user must login to verify an account or password. Users may also be prompted to enter credit card information or bank account details as well as other sensitive data. Once this information is collected, attackers may use it to access accounts, steal data and identities, and download malware onto the user’s computer.
What is anti-phishing protection?
Anti-phishing protection refers to the security measures that individuals and organizations can take to prevent a phishing attack or to mitigate the impact of a successful attack. Certain anti-phishing protection may block email containing phishing attacks from entering a company’s email system at all. Other anti-phishing protection measures can block users from clicking on links and attachments within an email they have received that might be dangerous. And anti-phishing awareness training can protect users by educating them about how to recognize phishing attacks.
What is the best anti-phishing solution?
Because no single anti-phishing technology is able to block every phishing attack 100% of the time, the most effective anti-phishing solution to implement a combination of technologies and training. This multilayered approach should include anti-phishing solutions to block suspicious messages at the email gateway, anti-phishing technology to block suspicious links and attachments in email that has reached the user, and anti-phishing education to help users successfully recognize phishing attacks and other threats.
How does anti-phishing technology work?
Anti-phishing technology is designed to identify and block phishing emails using a variety of methods. Certain anti-phishing solutions scan the content of inbound and internal emails for any sign of language that suggests a potential phishing or impersonation attack. Other anti-phishing technology scans the links and attachments in email and blocks users from accessing them if they are determined to be suspicious. Anti-phishing services may also use DNS authentication and DMARC, DKIM and SPF protocols to spot potential authentication problems.
How to implement anti-phishing fast?
The fastest way to deploy anti-phishing solutions is to implement a cloud-based service that requires no installation of hardware or software. With a SaaS-based solution, companies can deploy anti-phishing technology almost overnight to better protect users and the organization from the dangers of phishing and other email-borne threats.