3 Top Tools for Defending Against Phishing Attacks

Phishing emails are now skating past traditional defenses. Justin Jett, director of audit and compliance at Plixer, discusses what to do about it.

Even with the most sophisticated email scanning and phishing detection system available, phishing emails are still a very common intrusion vector for cybercriminals to use to introduce malware, including ransomware, to a business’ network. That’s because 1) increasingly, legitimate systems are used; and 2) phishing emails can also be effective even when employees are highly educated and are good at spotting and reporting them.

Fortunately, there are tactics to protect your network even when the emails can’t be stopped outright.

Increasingly Effective Phishing

When legitimate email systems are compromised and begin sending out malicious emails from a valid source, the efficacy of phishing is magnified. This was what happened over the weekend when one of the FBI’s email systems was hacked to send out fake cybersecurity alerts to thousands of people.

While the email that was sent out didn’t appear to contain any phishing links, it does show that such email compromises can introduce significant security challenges for IT professionals. Most people who received the email would be unlikely to question its legitimacy—even

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