Email phishing protection

Did you know that 90 per cent of cyber-attacks on businesses arrive in the form of a “phishing” email? That’s why employees going about their day-to-day activities are the weakest point in your IT cybersecurity.

 

They must have the right training and awareness to combat the threat of phishing. Otherwise, it is only a matter of time before someone opens a phishing email, with potentially catastrophic results. After all, 60 per cent of small to mid-sized firms go out of business within six months of a cyber-attack. But we can help with our anti-phishing service.

What is phishing?

Cybercriminals send out phishing emails in vast numbers, often using tools or mailing lists that are readily available on the Dark Web.

Phishing involves criminals sending false messages that give the impression of being from reputable sources. Banks and service providers, such as Dropbox and PayPal, are among their favourites. The hacker designs the bogus email to tempt the recipient into clicking a link or providing login details.

How to spot a phishing scam email

Many cybercriminals who send phishing emails are intelligent and resourceful tricksters, always innovating. Nevertheless, most scam emails display one or more of these features:

  • Spelling mistakes.
  • Requesting login details, payment, or other sensitive information.
  • Use of unofficial or inconsistent links.
  • Persuasive requests for urgent action, e.g., trying to rush the recipient into cutting corners on cybersecurity.

Often, the sender’s email address is the main giveaway, but someone with the right training could flag this. Find out more about spotting phishing emails in this article.

92.4 per cent of malware is delivered by email

When someone in your business clicks a phishing link, it downloads malicious tools that can compromise your cybersecurity. This could involve destroying essential company files or holding your data hostage until you pay a ransom.

Malware often lies dormant in your system for an extended period. Some companies remain unaware that their IT has been compromised for up to 400 days after that fatal mouse click.

Your passwords are at risk

A phishing email may also deceive the recipient into logging on to a fake website, giving the cybercriminals access to confidential information, such as bank accounts and credit card numbers. Businesses throughout the world lose vast sums of money this way.

Then the problem escalates. Once cybercriminals have acquired passwords, they sell them on. More than 80 per cent of data breaches leverage stolen passwords obtained on the Dark Web — providing a “way in” for attacks.

How Fabric Anti-Phishing protects your business

With phishing attacks increasing in frequency and sophistication, up-to-date Anti-Phishing measures must be a vital component of any organisation’s IT security armoury.

Fabric’s expert team provide a comprehensive range of techniques to prevent the potentially fatal damage phishing attacks can cause. This work includes sending simulated phishing emails and providing advanced security awareness training for staff.

A small investment to prevent a massive loss

The potential impact of a security breach can be fatal for your organisation. And not just financially — it could cause irreversible reputational damage to your business once you inform customers that their data has been lost or compromised.

A phishing email is the most likely cause of such damage. Yet the cost of Fabric’s simple yet effective Anti-Phishing service is affordable and manageable.

Remember, too, that small to medium-sized organisations are much more vulnerable. Phishers often steer clear of larger firms, aware that they will have advanced cybersecurity in place.

Because Fabric is a Microsoft Gold Partner, using our service means enjoying a share of the tech giant’s $4billion security budget and global cybersecurity expertise.

What’s included in Fabric’s Email Phishing Protection?

  1. Detecting breaches

    Proactive monitoring for stolen or compromised passwords is a crucial aspect of our Dark Web Scanning process.

  2. Phishing for vulnerabilities

    We use phishing simulation to send dangerous emails within a secure, protected environment. We customise these messages and time them to expose your staff to phishing techniques in the most effective way possible. What’s more, by assessing each user’s response to these fake emails, we can pinpoint who needs additional training.

  3. Training your staff

    Fabric’s training can be aimed at all levels of your organisation and is continuously updated to keep pace with cybercrime’s latest phishing techniques. Our training sessions are short and engaging, using interactive techniques (such as online quizzes) to keep employees engaged.

  4. Measure, check, track

    Fabric will also provide Security Threat Reports on an ongoing basis, continually assessing the organisation’s security awareness. This includes analysing the phishing training results and finding any compromised credentials that have appeared on the Dark Web.

Security awareness training and phishing simulations go hand in hand

Phishing has become very sophisticated and almost undetectable, as criminals have found ways to make their emails as realistic as possible. Phishing simulations test employees on how they would respond to a real-life phishing attack. We can send these mock attacks at staggered times, avoiding the “prairie dog effect” where employees warn one another of the email, for the best measurement of all employees’ awareness. We’ll track which employees have clicked on a phishing email, who has given away their password and who has ignored the email.

Finding the learning gap

Once a learning gap is detected, we’ll deliver interactive educational videos to the most susceptible users. This easy-to-understand, short and visually engaging training videos include an online quiz to verify the employee’s retention of the training content. Training can be delivered regularly, to reinforce the importance of every employee’s role in protecting your business.

90% of security breaches are inadvertent, unintentional, and caused by human error
94% of malware is delivered via email

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