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How to Stop Phishing emails?

Most if not all security professionals and business owners will have concerns regarding phishing. Afterall, it is the most common cyber attack vector we businesses face. Millions of emails are sent by cybercriminals from across the globe, so how on earth do businesses stop phishing emails?

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So Whats Phishing?

Phishing are emails with malicious intent, a subcategory of SPAM (To understand what SPAM is, see our blog here). Threat actors, such as cybercriminals alike will send specifically crafted emails with the hope their victim(s) will perform a desired action. As an example, a phishing email may simply request information, such as a persons maiden name to be used as part of a further attack. This additional information maybe used to reset passwords. Another example, a phishing email may supply a dangerous link for the recipient to click and infect their computer with malware.

Phishing has become complex with new techniques regularly adopted. See our blogs on spearphishing or whale phishing.

How to stop phishing emails?

If all companies are plagued with phishing, and it’s big business, why as an industry have we not stopped phishing emails? The reality is, cybercriminals regularly learn and adapt, using new techniques to bypass security controls. The best approach any organisation can do is use security layers. Security is regularly regarded as an ‘onion’. It’s layers provide security, where one fails, others are planned to succeed.

By adopting a security email gateway, security awareness training, and SKALES unique dynamic alerting, companies are more likely to prevent phishing emails succeeding. You can read about more security controls here.

How to stop scammer emails?

What’s the difference between a ‘scammer email’ and a ‘phishing email’?

Phishing as previously stated is a subcategory of SPAM, and a scammer email to be a subcategory of phishing. Phishing is specific to emails, whilst a ‘scam’ can use (phishing) emails, text messages (smishing), phone calls, letters, etc. There are many common scams, such as the 419 advanced-fee scam, where the attacker will encourage the victim to send funds under the pretence they will receive a larger sum in return – but of course this never happens.

SKALES provides education on such types of attacks and identifies such threats. Start today for free.

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