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Phishing Attack Prevention: How to Avoid Phishing Attacks with Cyren Threat InDepth

What is Phishing Attack Prevention?

Phishing attack prevention refers to companies taking security measures in order to prevent phishing attacks on their employees. The measures taken to improve phishing protection can help you avoid detrimental impacts on your business. This makes phishing attack prevention more important than ever. With more than 90% of enterprise breaches starting with a single email, security operations (SOC) teams are constantly locked in a battle to protect their enterprise against these evolving email-borne threats. How can these phishing attacks be prevented to ensure email security? With Cyren Threat InDepth.

What is Cyren Threat InDepth?

Cyren Threat InDepth are cyber threat intelligence feeds that allow security teams to view evolving email-borne threats, so that they can prevent potential phishing attacks. This unique, accurate, and actionable intelligence analyzes and processes billions of daily transactions across email content, suspicious files, and web traffic to provide timely insights faster than other threat intelligence sources.

11 Steps for Phishing Attack Prevention

1. Keep Up-To-Date With The Latest Phishing Techniques

Hackers are constantly inventing new techniques for phishing. Without the knowledge of these ever-changing phishing techniques, users can easily fall prey. Enterprises must make sure their employees are engaged in awareness drives, while also deploying countermeasures for potential attacks. 

2. Think Twice Before Clicking

Clicking links in random or suspicious emails can be a costly mistake. If unsuspecting users enter their details on a phishing website, hackers can gain access to these private credentials – meaning one must really think twice before clicking on links. One simple way to check this, though not foolproof, is hovering over links before clicking them to see if there is a preview link.

3. Get Free Anti-Phishing Add-Ons

Many browsers will allow you to download add-ons which spot signs of malicious websites or alert you of potential phishing sites. They are typically free so there is no reason to not have this installed on each and every device within your organization.

4. Installing An Anti-Phishing Toolbar

Most internet browsers have an option to enable an anti-phishing toolbars. These toolbars can help by running routine checks on the visited websites and comparing them with known phishing sites in their database. If a user navigates to a known malicious website, the toolbar sends them an alert.

5. Verify Site Security

When a site asks for sensitive information, it is important to be a bit wary. You’ll want to ensure the site URL starts with HTTPS, look for a closed lock icon in the address bar, and check the site’s SSL certificate.

6. Check Your Online Accounts Regularly

One should check in with their online accounts regularly. Changing the passwords regularly to online accounts is known to be an effective phishing protection measure. This can prevent many attacks, such as bank and credit card phishing scams. Additionally, checking bank account statements is important. 

7. Keeping Browsers Up-To-Date

Hackers work hard to discover and exploit security loopholes in browsers in order to carry out hyper-targeted phishing attacks. This is a reason popular browsers release security patches often. 

8. Use Firewalls

Internet users need to deploy firewalls in order to keep = systems inaccessible for cybercriminals. There are desktop firewalls and network firewalls. The former is a software, while the latter is an anti phishing solution/hardware. These firewalls are a buffer between the user, computer, and any outside intruders.

9. Avoid Pop-Ups

Pop-ups are often linked to malware in attempted phishing attacks. Most browsers allow you to  install free ad-blocker software which automatically blocks most of the malicious pop-ups. If one manages to get through the ad-blocker, make sure not to click. Most pop-ups will attempt to deceive you with a fake “Close” button, so always try to look for an “x” in the corner first.

10. Don’t Give Out Personal Information

Avoid sharing personal or financial information through a website. When in doubt, make sure to visit a business’s website, note down contact information for customer service, and give them a call. 

11. Use an Antivirus Software 

Benefits included with antivirus software guard you against known technology workarounds and security loopholes. Anti-spyware and firewall settings should also be used to stop phishing attacks. Firewall protection blocks attacks, whereas antivirus software scans files that come through the Internet to your computer.

What Capabilities Does Cyren Threat InDepth Have To Prevent Phishing Attacks?

  • Analyzes billions of internet transactions in web and email traffic to provide real-time info on URLs that are known to serve phishing pages
  • Highly automated detection to minimize the time it takes to learn about a new URL, classify it as a threat, and publish the intelligence to our customers
  • Threat intelligence data is enriched with context like which brand is being spoofed, which  industry the attack relates to (e.g. gaming, payment), geolocation of the web server, and other information useful for helping SOC analysts quickly triage alerts

What are the Benefits of Threat InDepth Phishing and Fraud URL Intelligence?

Early Visibility to New and Emerging Phishing Attacks

Cyren GlobalView™ Threat Intelligence cloud processes billions of transactions a day to provide the earliest possible indication of evolving phishing threats. Phishing and Fraud URL Intelligence leverages GlobalView to detect new, emerging email-borne threats hiding in plain sight, ensuring early detection and a higher chance of phishing attack prevention.

Accelerate Threat Detection and Incident Response

With attackers leveraging phishing emails to continually attack enterprises, timely, contextualized threat intelligence empowers security teams to make smart and meaningful decisions against evolving attacker tactics. By providing security teams with timely, actionable insights, Phishing and Fraud URL Intelligence helps them rapidly prioritize and respond to threats, thereby reducing Mean Time to Detect (MTTD) and Mean Time to Respond (MTTR).

Learn More About Phishing Attack Prevention

Read the data sheet and learn how to prevent phishing attacks with Cyren Threat InDepth Phishing and Fraud URL Intelligence today.

Oct 12, 2021 | Phishing

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