How to Secure Your Email from Phishing Attacks

Posted by Stephen Ferrell
Stephen Ferrell

Every day, more than 293 billion emails are sent and received. That’s a lot of potential targets for cyber criminals.  More than half of all email sent is some form of spam and much of that includes phishing attempts.  Secure email is no longer optional.

If it can get through your anti-phishing filters, your business is at risk.  30 percent of phishing emails get opened by users.  12 percent of those targets actually click on suspicious links or attachments.  Since all it takes is one click to cause problems for your business, that’s scary stuff.

Email phishing attacks are not going away any time soon.  An analysis of more than 41,000 security incidents and 2,000 breaches in 2018 revealed phishing threats are only increasing.

Mobile Attacks

With the increased use of mobile devices, phishing attacks are seeing increased success rates.  As users rapidly flip through email on their phones, they are less likely to fully examine them. In addition, subject lines and URLs in headers are often truncated on mobile, which hides some of the more obvious signs of fraudulent senders.

Cloud-Based Attacks

With organizations shifting their email and data to the cloud, cyber criminals have also shifted their focus. 

“There’s been a corresponding increase in hacking cloud-based email servers via the use of stolen credentials. This is not an indication that cloud-based services are less secure, however. It is simply that phishing attacks, credential theft, and configuration errors are a natural by-product of the process.” – 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report (Verizon)

More than 90 percent of all breaches start with email phishing attacks.

Existing Software Doesn’t Stop the Threats

Built-in solutions for G Suite and Office 365 aren’t enough to stop the threat.  Despite best efforts, existing software technologies lack the ability to identify threats that evolve.  These increasingly sophisticated, targeted, and lethal attacks are doing massive amounts of damage to organizations:

  • Financial Loss
  • Productivity Loss
  • Damage to Reputation
  • Compromise Data
  • Compliance Violations

How To Secure Email from Phishing

There is a solution that works.  Using INKY as your secure email platform can stop phishing threats that other software misses.  INKY is uniquely effective at identifying threats. 

INKY catches pretty much everything from spam and malware to the deepest – and darkest – phishing emails. 

Computer Vision And Social Profiles

INKY detects phishing attacks with proprietary computer vision.  In addition to scanning the code behind emails, URLs, and trigger words, it sees the email as a human does.  It can spot imposters in a variety of ways, including a pixel-by-pixel analysis of logos. 

Artificial intelligence is used to build custom social profiles of senders.  When activity does not match the profile, it triggers a warning. 

Machine learning allows for INKY to get smarter the longer it’s used.

More Than Just Domain Matching and Threat Lists

Other anti-phishing software typically relies on comparing URLs and domains to lists of previously reported suspicious activity.  However, it’s so easy for cyber criminals to use new email addresses or URLs to stay one step ahead of the bad actors' list.  INKY goes further by simulating clicks on URLs and examining the destination for signs of phishing activity before allowing links to pass through to users.

 

Stop Mobile Phishing Attacks

Mobile attacks are thwarted by placing warning messages directly in the message instead of just appended to the header.  As phones shorten headers and subject lines, it’s too easy to miss warnings that are only placed there.  INKY quarantines the suspicious email and put warning message directly in the message itself.  Users are not only protected from phishing attempts, but they are also receiving education to help prevent abuse.

How To Secure Email From Phishing And Security Threats

Cyber criminals are evolving their tactics.  You need a secure email solution that can stay one step ahead.  INKY can identify:

  • SPAM/ Malware
  • Ransomware
  • Spear Phishing
  • Zero Day Attacks
  • CEO Fraud
  • Brand Forgeries
  • Domain Spoofing

These very real phishing threats are pervasive.  The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center receives more than 900 complaints a day. The number of complaints in 2018 was at an all-time high.  Just a portion of those complaints (about 20,000 business email compromise complaints) added up to adjusted losses of more than $1.2 billion in the U.S. in 2018

A Secure Email Solution

If you’re trying to determine how to secure email from phishing, take the INKY Phishing Fitness Test.  Whether you are using Exchange, Office 365, G Suite, or other email solutions, INKY can protect you and your organization from phishing attempts with the industry’s best secure email solution.

 

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