Anti Phishing Tool: Defending The Corporate Network Technological innovations over the years have paved way for the wide spread use of the Internet and have given birth to a globalized business world well connected through Internet and corporate networks. However, communicating through these networks must be a blessing for the profitâ€“centered organization, but security is at stake as threats to the organizational and individual data and information looms large.
One such threat attempt is the technique to acquire usernames and passwords from electronic communication channels by concealing the identity under the coverage of trustworthy entities. Termed as Phishing, these were earlier reported in 1987 and use social engineering techniques to exploit the weak web security technologies and deceive users. As years rolled by more and more organizations have become technologically dependent, giving rise to a number of phishing techniques. The targeted versions of phishing attacks are termed as Spear Phishing.
Further technological enhancement has also led to fraudsters creating identical or cloned email better known as clone phishing for attacking unsuspecting individual email addresses. Other techniques include whaling, link manipulation, filter evasion, website forgery, phone phishing, tabnabbing, evil twins etc. Of these the latest of the phishing technique is tabnabbing, which takes advantage of the multiple tabs used by the user to redirect them to the effected location on the web. Evil twins â€“ the phishing technique is hard to detect.
However, to avoid the damages amounting to vast financial losses both at organizational and individual levels through phishing attacks, organizations tend take up a number of phishing protection measures. These include anti-phishing tools, phishing awareness program, anti phishing working groups for legislative enforcements, security model browsers and browser alerts for detection of fraudulent websites. With social engineering and phishing becoming the major threats, the anti phishing tools should be aimed more towards the people risk more than the process and technology.
Employees being the weak links in any corporate network, the leaders in the field of network security have designed and developed phishing diagnostic solutions, which make use of automated tool installed
within the organizational network for simulating phishing attacks. Since the targeted information range from individualâ€™s private data health details, credit card and bank details to corporate data such as trade secrets, sales forecasts and business plans, can lead to financial loses both for the individual as well as the organization in question. The use of anti phishing tool such as simulating phishing attacks organizations are able to capture the potential reaction of any user during real attacks and leverage this for teaching, generating action plans, and employee awareness against future attacks, creating a first line of defence against just malicious acts.
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Published on Feb 28, 2012
Technological innovations over the years have paved way for the wide spread use of the Internet and have given birth to a globalized busines...