Anti-Phishing Services and Solutions For Security Leadership
Phishing attack strategies are always changing. Cofense’s anti-phishing solutions will boost your security team’s capability and agility to successfully mitigate phishing threats before or after they hit your organization.
Gain Cybersecurity Talent Without Costly Recruiting
Phishing threats are no longer static. As they evolve, so must the skills and resources needed to understand them and effectively respond. However, competition for security talent capable of preventing phishing attacks and responding appropriately is fierce. It’s increasingly difficult to retain the skills your organization needs, placing pressure on your budget and your phishing defense strategy. Partnering with an anti-phishing services provider can give your organization the protection it needs without further burdening your security team.
Faced with increasingly sophisticated attacks, today’s security teams need a wider view of the landscape. Offloading email security tasks like the analysis of user-reported phishing emails to a team of dedicated specialists prevents you from being blindsided. Gain breadth and depth of coverage while focusing internal resources where they can have the greatest impact.
Manage Phishing Risk in a Dynamic Environment
As organizations transform their engagement with customers, citizens, and partners, IT departments have a massive job on their hands, striving to support change through technological innovation. As the security perimeter dissolves, the attack surface increases. The nature and type of risks to manage are proliferating rapidly, with technology struggling to keep pace.
In such a dynamic environment, an enduring phishing defense requires more than technical controls. It also demands more than traditional approaches to security awareness training, which settle for passive participation in organizational security. A smarter approach empowers end users to be active participants, “human sensors” who can identify and prevent threats—and help improve threat-sharing across peer organizations.
Anti-Phishing Solutions To Handle Security Incidents
Despite continued investments in technology and training, some attacks will reach their target and trigger security incidents. Such events can lead to compromise or breach, requiring remediation at significant time and cost.
The faster security operations teams can get visibility of attacks and consume actionable intelligence, the sooner they can reduce threat exposure and disrupt it. Deploying new email security tools within the environment is time-consuming. However, the right intelligence on active threats allows teams to leverage existing tools. Request a Demo of Cofense’s anti-phishing services now.
Communicate Better with the Board
Today’s boards of directors are cybersecurity decision-makers. The legal liabilities resulting from a data breach can be devastating. Boards now demand more information from security leadership to demonstrate that obligations are being met and risks effectively managed.
To simplify board communication, Cofense provides executive-level reporting, industry benchmarking, and comparative analysis. Demonstrate risk reduction and regulatory compliance, using key metrics and language the board will understand. Articulate organizational risk, the steps to mitigate, and the effectiveness of your phishing defense program.
Mind the Gaps: Improve Phishing Detection and Response
Whatever the level of investment, there will always be gaps in every protection program and technical control. If not understood, these gaps provide opportunities that threat actors are only too happy to exploit. Without visibility, attacker dwell time increases, along with the risk of compromise or breach.
When phishing threats bypass the controls implemented to stop them, organizations are blind to the threat. By focusing on detecting threats in the inbox and on the processes needed to get full visibility, our anti-phishing services enable security teams to get ‘Left of Breach’, stopping attacks before they become the next headline news.
Improve Your Organization’s Phishing Defense
When a phishing email evades detection by all the technological solutions available and arrives in a target’s inbox, the only thing that will now stop the phishing attack from being successful is the vigilance of the intended target and supporting security leadership. Cofense’s anti-phishing services and solutions allow your security team to focus on mitigating real phishing threats through effective employee training, quick incident response and phishing threat remediation.
Take action today to increase your user’s awareness of the following phishing tactics and tell them ‘if you see something, say something’.
1. Emails Insisting on Urgent Action
Emails insisting on urgent action do so to fluster or distract the target. Usually this type of email threatens a negative consequence if the action is not taken, and targets are so keen to avoid the negative consequences that they fail to study the email for inconsistencies or indications it may be bogus.
2. Emails Containing Spelling Mistakes
Most companies now use spell-checking features in email clients or web browsers to ensure their corporate communications maintain a professional appearance. Emails purporting to come from a professional source that contains spelling mistakes or grammatical errors should be treated with suspicion.
3. Emails with an Unfamiliar Greeting
Emails sent by friends and work colleagues usually start with an informal salutation. Those addressed to “Dear XXXXX” when that greeting is not normally used and those containing language not often used by friends and work colleagues likely originate from an attacker. These should not be actioned or replied to. Instead they should be reported to the organization’s IT security team.
4. Inconsistencies in Email Addresses
Among other email security best practices to introduce is the random checking of senders’ email addresses – especially when an email address belonging to a regular contact is unfamiliar. By checking the sender email address against previous emails received from the same person, it is possible to detect inconsistencies.
5. Inconsistencies in Links and Domain Names
Links to malicious websites can easily be disguised as genuine links. Therefore, it is also advisable to encourage employees to hover a mouse pointer over a link in an email to see what `pops up´ as an address. If an email claims to be from a business contact, but the pop up indicates an unfamiliar website, the email is likely a phishing email.
6. Be Wary of Suspicious Attachments
File sharing in the workplace now mostly takes place via collaboration tools such as Dropbox, OneDrive or SharePoint. Therefore emails from colleagues with file attachments should be treated suspiciously – particularly if the attached file has an unfamiliar extension or one commonly used to deliver malware payloads (.zip, .exe, .scr, etc.).
7. Emails That Seem Too Good to Be True
Emails that seem too good to be true incentivize targets to click a link or open an attachment with the promise that they will benefit by doing so. Even when phishers use social engineering to appeal to the target’s curiosity or greed, the intended targets have not usually initiated contact. These emails should be flagged as suspicious at once.
8. Emails Requesting Login Credentials, Payment Information or Other Sensitive Information
Emails requesting login credentials, payment information or other sensitive information should always be treated with caution. By adopting the anti-phishing best practices detailed above, recipients of these emails should be able to determine whether or not they represent a threat, and respond to them accordingly.