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How Companies Can Block Phishing Emails

Phishing is a major concern for every company. According to the FBI, businesses lose billions of dollars every year through phishing and malware attacks.

Scammers target organizations of all sizes. Well-known and global brands are not immune to phishing attacks when compared to the threat posed to medium-sized and smaller companies. In fact, larger companies with a prominent brand are more vulnerable to attack.

Most attacks occur because unsuspecting employees open an email message from someone they trust and download an attachment or click on a link. In reality, the sender is a cybercriminal impersonating a co-worker, partner or vendor. Within minutes, the criminal has access to employees’ personal data as well as confidential company information. Hackers also impersonate senior managers and executives and convince employees to wire funds, provide login information for bank accounts and payroll records.

Since phishing and hacking attempts continue to increase, companies worldwide are wondering how to block phishing emails and are looking for innovative solutions with advanced features.

Many email security solutions depend on an existing database to identify the phishing attacks. This means they cannot easily adapt when a criminal creates a new algorithm to send phishing emails. Leading email security solutions use true machine learning and computer vision in addition to a database that helps them identify phishing emails.

Solutions that use computer vision and text analysis “see” email content as a user does and catch subtle changes and edits such as different colors, incorrect logos and inconsistency with past email messages that users would normally miss. Sender profiling and anomaly detection helps the solutions determine that an email is fake immediately after it is received and sends users an alert.

Email security solutions work with popular email systems such as Outlook and Exchange and advanced mobile applications. With a single click, a user can react on the banner that pops up with the suspicious email, thereby making it easier for the report the email.

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Written by James Dean

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