Is anyone taking phishing emails seriously?

Despite being a well-known technique, phishing remains an incredibly effective tool for launching cyberattacks. From ransomware to credential theft, phishing emails are versatile and successful.

So successful in fact, that some reports suggest there are 3.4 billion spam emails sent every day.

The strange thing is that despite being a well-known, well-publicised cybersecurity risk, people are still falling for phishing emails. The statistics are terrifying for anyone tasked with maintaining corporate cybersecurity:

  • Younger workers are five times more likely to make mistakes that result in security issues.
  • A third of workers rarely think about cyber security when at work.
  • 43% of people have compromised their employer’s cyber security while working.

Hackers rely on complacency

Most phishing emails are badly written, poorly designed and full of errors – if the recipient stops to consider these factors. But as our inboxes overflow it only takes a small lapse of concentration to ignore the warning signs and click a fake link.

The reality is that of the millions of phishing emails sent every day, most are spotted and deleted before anyone is tricked into clicking links. But all it takes is a moment of complacency and your business could find itself in the middle of a very expensive cybersecurity incident.

Taking human error out of the equation

Although your biggest asset, your employees are also your biggest risk in terms of cybersecurity. If you want to strengthen cybersecurity, you need to automate as much of the phishing detection process as possible.

Which means choosing the right mail endpoint protection solution.

Beyond signatures

The pace of cyber threat evolution is astonishing, with new variants appearing faster than malware providers can develop signatures for their scanning engines. This means your business will need a system that can identify zero-day and unknown exploits as standard.

Eset LiveGuard Advanced provides a cloud-based mail-scanning solution that can do this and more. The service uses four layers of analysis to correctly classify and remove suspicious messages and attachments before they land in your users’ inboxes. And when something malicious is detected, all of your endpoints update automatically to prevent it from spreading.

How does LiveGuard Advanced make these safety decisions? One important mechanism is the Sandbox function. This feature opens, executes and analyses incoming mail attachments to assess how the file ‘works’ and what effect it will have on your systems. Suspicious files will be flagged as such – or deleted automatically before your employees can fall victim.

Perfect for cloud users

As businesses opt for hosted mail services (Gmail, Office365, etc) Eset LiveGuard Advanced is the perfect accompaniment. Re-routing incoming email through Eset is simple and requires minimal reconfiguration – even if you later change mail provider.

The anti-phishing scanning engine is also connected to the Eset LiveGrid. LiveGrid is an anonymous, secure network used to share threat information between subscribers, ensuring that every Eset protected system is constantly updated with the latest signatures and information.

Unfortunately, the fact that phishing ‘works’ means that your email inboxes will be under threat for some time to come. But with Eset ProtectComplete, your business should be able to avoid becoming a victim.

To learn more about Eset ProtectComplete and LiveGuard Advanced, please give the WTL team a call

Scroll to Top