How to Stop Spear-Phishing Attacks
Article By Sonit Jain, CEO of GajShield Infotech.
Spear-phishing attacks are targeted attacks to steal critical and valuable information from specific individuals or enterprises. Recently we have seen an increase in suc0h an attack during the COVID-19 Pandemic, targeting work from home enterprise employees with a specific intention to extracts critical data and information. Other targets include various departments within the enterprise. For instance, a recently emerging method of spear-phishing attacks is where attackers are targeting HR departments and convincing them to change employees’ payroll setup etc. Unlike other phishing attacks that are sent to masses, spear-phishing attacks are personalized for specifically targeted enterprises. The mode of communication in these attacks is mostly emailing. Victims are sent emails with malicious attachments and links that take them to a spoofed website containing malware.
The most common methods to prevent spear-phishing attacks in an organization are to implement a cybersecurity team and train employees. Training employees about spear-phishing attacks and preventing them from clicking any links on emails is an excellent method to avoid attacks. But it cannot ensure maximum security.
Along with educating employees, as a primary measure to stop spear-phishing attacks, organizations can integrate a GajShield Firewall with an integrated Email Security Solution into their security setup. The solution packs contextual intelligence that enables businesses to define policies that can be enforced into Email and network activities. The solution identifies spam & malicious mails to prevents it from entering the network and prevents employees from intentionally or accidentally accessing various malicious URLs and Applications that can prove to be lethal for the enterprise’s security. The Firewall Solution, for instance, can find common signatures and threat pattern using GajShield’s Zero-Hour Protection, a Robust and inherent immune system that integrates Zero-Hour (Zero-Day) Virus/malware Outbreak Protection to shield enterprises in the earliest moments of these outbreaks, and right through as new variants emerge. By proactively scanning the Internet and identifying massive outbreaks as soon as they emerge, this proactive blocking is effective and signature-independent.
Also, GajShield Security Solutions allows enterprises to gain complete visibility over sensitive data that is received into and sent out from the office network and by employees working from home. Thus, cybersecurity teams can ensure protection from such attacks along with ensuring data security.