Protect Your Organization From Spear Phishing
Discover what spear phishing is, why the attacks are so successful, and how to eliminate its vulnerabilities.
What Is Spear Phishing?
Unlike consumer phishing email campaigns (high volume, broad in scope), spear phishing attacks are highly targeted. These attacks use carefully crafted emails combined with social engineering tactics to convince the victim to open and engage with the email.
Spear phishers will often leverage data from breaches and social network sites, as well as public data about an organization and its employees. Their emails appear to come from a trusted sender, and ask the recipient to perform an action, which typically is to open a webpage and enter a password.
Once this action is taken, the cybercriminal is able to steal confidential information from the victim and the enterprise. According to a recent Gartner report, spear phishing is the most common targeted method of cyberattack. A recent example is the spear phishing attack on the DNC.
How Spear Phishing Attacks Evade Your Defenses
Phishing attacks are typically stopped by identifying URLs with a “bad reputation” within emails. This URL reputation is based on end-user reports and automated crawling of web pages, which identifies pages impersonating well-known brands.
But spear phishing attacks are targeted, commonly sent out in low volumes and use custom designed material, which makes it unlikely that the URLs will be identified as malicious.
Without a “bad reputation” URL, the spear phishing email cruises right through traditional filters.
All successful spear phishing attacks feature identity deception at their core.
They spoof the identity of a trusted sender, such as a financial institution, email service provider or IT help desk.
Protecting Your Organization
Using firewalls and scanning for malware can aid in the fight against spear phishing. User education is also important. However, solutions that depend on users identifying email with malicious content or intent will ultimately be bypassed by attackers who can change their pitches. It’s far more effective to prevent the attacks from ever happening in the first place.
Osterman Research recently released a report on Best Practices for Protecting Against Phishing, Ransomware and BEC attacks. To learn more about how to protect your organization, you can also watch the webinar on demand.
The Solution – Agari Enterprise Protect
Agari Enterprise Protect is used by leading Fortune 1000 companies to proactively combat spear phishing attacks and protect employees from costly attacks that result in financial loss or a data breach.
Agari Enterprise Protect leverages Agari Identity IntelligenceTM, an advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning system that drives over 300 million daily model updates from data telemetry of more than two trillion emails per year. The system models email senders’ and recipients’ identity characteristics, behavioral norms, and personal, organizational, and industry-level relationships to maintain a real-time understanding of email behavioral patterns.
Agari Enterprise Protect is the next generation of Advanced Threat Protection for email, designed to detect the attacks of today and the ones we expect to see in the future.