Top Anti-Phishing Software Approach

Written by Brandon White on October 4, 2020

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Phishing attacks are the number one way that organizations are compromised. As a result, IT administrators and managed service providers (MSPs) need the top anti-phishing software on the market to protect their organization.

Let’s step back for a second and explain how phishing works before we dive into the best anti-phishing technology.

What Is Phishing?

Phishing is a specific type of cyber security attack. End users receive emails that purport to be from reputable services that they use every day — for example, G Suite™, Microsoft 365™, AWS™, GitHub, Zoom®, and many others.

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The emails entice end users to click links which take them to deceptive websites, which subsequently capture the user’s credentials to login to those sites. Once hackers have the user’s credentials, they reuse them for malicious purposes. The real risk is that end user’s use those same credentials to connect to other services, many of which could have real monetary and intellectual property at risk.

Traditional Anti-Phishing Tools

The traditional approach to anti-phishing has been two-fold. In the absence of a fool-proof solution to phishing, two primary approaches have emerged to try to patch the security threat.

One category of solutions focuses on the email and detecting it as a phishing attempt. There are numerous ways that this can be done, including analyzing the contents through artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques.

The other main prevention is to leverage training and teach end users to spot phishing attempts. These solutions teach end users to spot the tells of a phishing email: for instance, the link doesn’t match where it is intended to go, it’s g00gle.com instead of google.com; the return address doesn’t seem legitimate; or, the email copy or design does not seem quite right relative to the typical emails from the supposed sender. All of these are subtle, but sharp end users can detect and eliminate most phishing threats by being educated.

The challenge with all of these approaches is that they aren’t a 100% effective solution, and one mistake can lead to significant consequences. In the world of prolific phishing attempts, that can lead to a lot of sleepless nights for IT admins and MSPs. The good news is that there is a different approach to anti-phishing software that may turn anti-phishing on its head.

Game-Changing Anti-Phishing Tech

The most recent approach to effectively prevent phishing eliminates the need for credentials to be updated on a website as well as access to their applications via web links. 

End users change their passwords on a native, operating system-based application which subsequently propagates the change where needed through API calls. For access to other web applications, end users go to a safe, secure portal, sanctioned by the organization, ideally with passwordless entry into the end user’s web applications. 

This enables end users to simply ignore emails asking them to update their password or access their applications via links and emails. IT admins can even force changes within a secure environment by disabling password updates on G Suite, for example. The risk of human error is significantly lower, and admins can rest easy without fearing users might miss a critical clue that they’re being targeted.

Ready to Try the Top Anti-Phishing Tech for Yourself?

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