The challenges of fighting spear phishing
Spear phishing is the go-to cyberattack technique of hacktivists, cybercriminals and nation-state attackers everywhere. So much so, in fact, that security professionals in Mimecast’s State of Email Security report consistently say their organizations face phishing attacks, with most agreeing phishing is on the rise. It’s most dangerously deployed in business email compromise scams that can cost companies millions. But it’s also an effective and inexpensive way to harvest user credentials, implant various forms of malware, bring unsuspecting users to malicious websites, impersonate trusted people and collect useful intelligence about the target organization.
Cybersecurity awareness training is undoubtedly one of the most important ways to protect your organization from spear phishing attacks. But spear phishing emails are way too challenging to identify to rely on people alone to defend themselves and their organizations. Mimecast’s multi-layered detection technologies, including machine learning algorithms, should be a crucial part of your spear phishing solution.