With email attacks contributing to billions of lost dollars each year, a growing number of organizations are adopting Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance (DMARC) in an effort to protect themselves and their customers from fraudsters.
Email threats are ever evolving, and it’s important to stay up to date. Here are the current most common email threats and how to identify and mitigate them.
So, what are the most common types of email threats today?
- Business Email Compromise
- Spear Phishing
- Data Breach
- Domain Impersonation
We’ll explain these and more. Then, we’ll cover how to prevent, mitigate, and recover from most email threats.
“Whaling” phishing fraud attacks target the C-suite of a company which creates high risk of extremely sensitive, mission-critical data being stolen and exposed. Fortunately, protecting the organization from these attacks is possible.
Whaling phishing is a type of phishing attack targeting larger, high-value targets, which is why it's called "Whaling." Attackers themselves often pretend to be C-suite executives in emails to colleagues asking for personal or company information.
You’ve heard the statistics…more than 70% of all business users will be provisioned with cloud office applications in the next two years, including email. It’s an overdue modernization that eliminates physical infrastructure to drive cost savings and integrate services for improved productivity
Chasing this move, cybercriminals intent on account takeover are evolving their tactics, targeting end users with various identity-deception scams. Their evolving tactics and your defenses against them deserve a closer look.
Business email compromise (BEC) has grown into a billion dollar industry as cybercriminals use look-alike domains and display name deception to trick employees into revealing sensitive information, depositing money into criminally-owned bank accounts, and sending thousands of dollars in gift cards via email—all without ever touching a legitimate email account. When these criminals do gain access to an employee email account and use that access to spy on communications, gain knowledge of business operations, and send attacks on behalf of that employee, the damage can be much worse.
At Agari we often talk about the evolving nature of advanced email attacks and the identity deception tactics that go with them. These attacks bypass legacy controls and like a magician delighting a curious audience, they trick the human psyche by targeting core human emotions such as fear, anxiety and curiosity. Of course, the magic in this case comes with ill intent.
A good example of a sophisticated attack and one that we address in the Agari Fall’19 release is the use of email with voice message attachments to execute phishing schemes.
Creating a future where all of our customers can trust their inbox can push Agari engineers to the limits of available technologies. In fact, handling the scaling requirements of Agari Phishing Defense has led our Sensor team to test some of the most advanced features of the Python programming language.