Phishing virus

Prevent phishing virus attacks with Mimecast

Defending against a phishing virus.

A phishing virus typically starts with an email that seems to be from a legitimate source like a bank, a credit card company, a social website, an online payment processor or an IT administrator. The email directs the recipient to click on a link for a website that turns out to be malicious, and where the user is asked for some personal information like a passcode, credit card number, or account information. That info is then used to gain access to the user's accounts and to commit identity theft.

A spear-phishing virus is a more targeted phishing directed against a specific individual or role at the organization. This type of phishing virus attack uses social engineering techniques and information gathered about the individual to make the email more believable and increase the likelihood that the recipient will act on it.

Preventing phishing virus attacks requires sophisticated solutions that combine powerful email security technology with dynamic user awareness training. That's where Mimecast can help.

Prevent phishing virus attacks with Mimecast.

Mimecast offers industry-leading solutions for email security, archiving and continuity in a cloud-based subscription service. With Mimecast, you can easily reduce the cost, risk and complexity of managing email for business.

To combat a phishing virus, Mimecast provides best-of-breed email security solutions that deliver always-on, always up-to-date protection. Using sophisticated, multilayered detection engines and advanced threat intelligence, Mimecast protects your email and users from malware, spam, data leaks and advanced threats like a phishing virus or impersonation fraud. Mimecast also provides tools that empower end-users to recognize threats more effectively and to develop habits that help protect the organization from threats like a phishing virus.

Mimecast solutions for stopping a phishing virus.

Most Gateway solutions stop spam and malware but fail to prevent a phishing virus. Mimecast helps prevent phishing attacks and spear-phishing virus threats with a suite of services called Targeted Threat Protection. These include:

  • URL Protect - this service combats a phishing virus attack by scanning all links in inbound emails and effectively sandboxing URLs on each and every click before directing users to the requested site.
  • Attachment Protect – this service helps prevent cyber phishing scams by blocking users from opening suspicious attachments. Mimecast can either sandbox attachments or convert them to a safe format for immediate delivery to users.
  • Impersonation Protect – this service detects phishing email scams that use social engineering techniques to commit impersonation or CEO fraud. Mimecast scans every incoming email to look for signs of impersonation fraud in the domain name, domain age, reply-to information and the body of the message.

Learn more about how to avoid a phishing mail attack with Mimecast.