2019 State of Email Security Report
Actionable steps to improve your organization’s email security and cyber resilience.
Prevent phishing attacks with Mimecast
As phishing email scams continue to successfully breach security defenses, more organizations are adopting a multilayered approach to security strategy in order to prevent phishing attacks.
Cyber phishing attacks typically begin with an email message that appears to come from a well-known or trusted company – social websites, financial institutions and shipping companies are frequent sources. The email directs the recipient to visit a website infected by malware, or a bogus website that asks the user to divulge sensitive information like passwords, Social Security numbers, credit card information and other confidential data. Spear-phishing, a more targeted phishing threat, focuses on a specific individual or role in the company and uses additional social engineering techniques to create more familiarity with the recipient.
Mimecast email security solutions can help to prevent phishing attacks with cloud-based services that block malicious attachments and URLs and with end-user empowerment services that promote greater phishing awareness among employees.
Mimecast's all-in-one, SaaS-based services not only help to improve security and prevent phishing attacks, they can significantly reduce the cost and complexity of all the tasks involved in managing business email.
To prevent phishing attacks, Mimecast Dynamic User Awareness services provide prompts that train employees to think twice about clicking on certain links or visiting certain sites. When a link or website is deemed suspicious by Mimecast's advanced threat intelligence, users will be directed to a web page where they'll see a message warning them about the site and asking whether they want to continue. Mimecast services also help to prevent phishing attacks by helping users spot the signs of a phishing mail message, including links that don't direct to the sender's actual website, domain names that appear to be slightly altered, and threatening language, misspellings and bad grammar that are uncharacteristic of the sender.
Mimecast provides sophisticated detection engines and advanced threat intelligence to protect email and users from malware, viruses, spam and data leaks. To prevent phishing attacks and other advanced threats, Mimecast offers Targeted Threat Protection services that include:
Learn more about how to prevent phishing attacks with Mimecast.
What are phishing attacks?
Phishing attacks are a kind of cybercrime where attackers use email and pose as a legitimate business or trusted source to trick targets into revealing passwords, credit card details, bank account information, Social Security numbers and other sensitive data. Recipients are encouraged to click a link within the email that takes them to a fraudulent website, where hackers collect their personal information and may also download malware to the recipient’s computer.
How to prevent phishing attacks?
One of the most effective ways to prevent phishing attacks is to provide users with security awareness training that helps them to identify and avoid suspicious emails. Users can prevent phishing attacks by deleting and/or reporting email that contains signs of phishing attacks, such as:
How to prevent phishing attacks from entering my mailbox?
To prevent phishing attacks from reaching end users, companies can deploy a variety of protective measures that include:
How to prevent phishing attacks on websites?
Users can prevent phishing attacks through websites by evaluating each site they visit for a few simple criteria.
What to do if I can’t prevent phishing attacks?
It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to prevent phishing attacks 100% of the time. If you happen to click on a link or provide information on a site you believe to be part of a phishing attack, you should immediately take these steps: