How Organizations Can Keep Themselves Safe from Phishing Scams

Every company will never want to fall prey to a phishing scam. But, these scams still happen, securing cybercriminals a massive profit. However, there are many ways organizations can avoid becoming a victim of phishing scams. The following are some guidelines to keep your company safe:

Establish a Secure Email Gateway

An email gateway is used to filter out harmful and malicious emails as well as quarantine them automatically away from the inboxes of users. This is a form of security ban solution that stops users from getting fraudulent phishing emails.

Invest in Post-Delivery Protection

Post-delivery protection platforms protect users from threats within the email inbox. Often, they use algorithms powered by AI and machine learning that are fed typical attributes of phishing emails. Such attributes are applied to the emails that users send and get, together with analysis from anti-virus engines to detect suspicious emails. Post-delivery protection services will display warning banners on such emails to alert users that they may be harmful or remove the emails from the network.

Build a Robust Cybersecurity Awareness Training Program

Employees should take part in ongoing security awareness training programs, so they can learn to spot phishing techniques.  Someone should manage these programs within the organization. Also, training users to identify phishing attacks can positively impact a company’s overall security.

Filter Websites

Web filtering can prevent users from accessing phishing websites. It can work by using a web proxy or a DNS. These filters soft web pages into various categories and use anti-virus systems to scan pages for threats. They let your company block some categories and implement policies that will block users from accessing any phishing pages.

Consider Web and Email Isolation

With this technique, any web-based content is stripped of threats and delivered to users eliminating the risk of compromise or infection. Isolation may work by mirroring the webpage content with malicious codes removed.

Perform Simulated Phishing Attack Tests

These tests can help security teams gauge the effectiveness of security awareness training programs and help users better understand attacks. These tests should be done regularly mimicking real-life phishing attacks. Isolation stops any threat that users may counter whenever they visit a phishing webpage or open a malicious email attachment isolation.

Use Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Detect Possible Threats

AI can be used to analyze user behavior and detect threats quickly. AI and machine learning can spot troubling patterns in unstructured data and offer security teams the actionable data they need to respond quickly. Organizations can particularly use machine learning to spot vulnerabilities that human security team members may not be able to detect.


Gene Hanley