The Phishing is one of the oldest techniques used by hackers. However, it is still a very popular choice. Phishing emails are used either as basic attack, or in combination with other malicious software software. Hackers send emails and target both small and large businesses.
However, despite the great risk, businesses do not pay the required attention to it threatening. Phishing exploits continue to pose a major threat to 2019, as hackers "study" their targets well before they attack. They find the vulnerabilities each business, such as vulnerabilities in systems, and use new ones techniques that will help them bypass programs security and penetrate the systems.
Even the more informed and educated employees can fall victim to hackers. It social engineering is very effective at deceiving staff. Phishers use psychological tricks to persuade them users to do things that they would not do under other conditions.
Informing and training staff is not enough to prevent phishing attacks. Businesses need to adopt one to be safe multi-level approach, which will combine the technicians controls with the training of employees. Each level acts as a safety net in case the other levels fail.
The levels of protection are as follows:
Implementation of technical controls to protect systems: The first step is to implement security solutions that will prevent malicious emails from reaching the employees' inbox. These security solutions include content filtering, authentication, threat scanners and more.
Employees training: Staff training in phishing email recognition is essential. Should any of the technical controls escape, the employees should be able to detect it. Education and awareness of new threats must be an ongoing process. It is important to frequently perform tests to evaluate employee performance. However, if something goes wrong, employers should not be too strict with trainees. If employees are scared, they may not report something that they feel suspicious about being afraid of being ashamed.
Existence of a plan if technicians and human controls fail: As we said above, education is not enough. If all checks fail and phishing emails succeed, businesses should have a prepared plan in place. THE its isolation browser and multi-factor authentication can help reduce the impact of a successful phishing attack. Having a plan helps the business quickly recover.