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Phishing is everywhere. In a recent survey, phishing was observed in 72% of the organizations polled (and undoubtedly present but unobserved in the other 28%).
While phishing can’t be stopped by technology alone, it can help. Phishing protection solutions make it easy for employees to report suspected phishing attempts directly from their email clients. It also provides security professionals with the tools to analyze and investigate reported phishing attempts in minutes, while there is still time to stop the spread of an attack. Effective phishing protection will also require collaboration between the employees who are the targets and the security professionals who can verify and block phishing attempts.
Phishing identification, analysis, and simulation
A good phishing awareness training program will educate employees on recognizing the indicators of phishing attempts. But taking the extra step of reporting the suspected email is even more important. Effective phishing protection requires having an easy way for employees to flag emails that they suspect to be fishing for the security team to investigate.
InsightPhish includes add-ons for Outlook, Office365, and Gmail that place a Report Phish button right on the toolbar of every employee’s email client. If something looks funny in an email, the employee can report it to the proper authorities with one click. Talk about the path of least resistance.
When a phishing attempt is verified, it’s important to get the word out to the rest of the organization. With a phishing protection solution, administrators are able to alert the reporting employee that it was indeed a phishing attempt and provide instructions on what to do next (such as deleting the email immediately, or contacting an administrator if they clicked on a link or opened an attachment).
InsightPhish makes it easy to get the word out when a phishing attempt is verified. A single click brings up a pre-formatted “Phishing Attempt” email so the administrator or security professional can send warning emails to departments and groups inside the organization, to alert other employees to watch out for that specific phishing email.
This ability to react quickly can stop the phishing campaign before it has time to gain a foothold in the enterprise.
In this week’s Whiteboard Wednesday, we outline the two key components of phishing protection: employee reporting and phishing analysis.
Developed by the minds behind Metasploit, InsightPhish enables phishing identification, analysis, and simulation
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