December 13th, 2016
Target lost an estimated $148 million as a result of a spear phishing attack, and analysts estimate that the repercussions of the more recent Home Depot breach could be as big or greater. Since the same group of hackers caused both breaches, many believe that spear phishing was once again their tool of choice.
Spear phishing attacks are the highly successful spawn of email phishing: a low volume, highly targeted attack. When someone sends you a spear phishing email, it looks like it’s coming from someone you trust, but the email contains a link that delivers malware, giving the hacker access to your network. If your email security system isn’t designed to stop spear phishing in its tracks, you are vulnerable to these kinds of attacks.
Sendio’s Email Security Gateway™ stops spear phishing emails in their tracks. The Email Security Gateway is a multi-layer defense against malicious emails and spam.
Here’s how it stops spear phishing before it makes it to an inbox:
- Sender Policy Framework: The SPF – sender policy framework – check employed by Sendio prevents spoofing by confirming that the sending IP address is officially referenced in the sending domain’s SPF record. If the SPF check fails, the email is held on Sendio and not delivered to the user’s Inbox.
- Smart Whitelisting: Unlike other email security providers that don’t scan emails from addresses on your whitelist, Sendio scans every email to prevent you from falling prey to spear phishing.
Most email security providers use an SPF check, but if an email sender is on your whitelist, emails from that person go straight to your inbox without being scanned for spoofing. Sendio scans every email, every time to keep your network safe.
Watch the video below to learn about Sendio’s email communities, then fill out the form to the right to learn how you can protect your business from spear phishing attacks.