What is Spear Phishing?

Spear phishing is an e-mail or electronic communications scam targeted towards a specific individual, organisation or business. Although often intended to steal data for malicious purposes, cybercriminals may also intend to install malware on a targeted user's computer.

To stop spear-phishing attacks, security teams must first train users to recognise, avoid and report suspicious e-mails. Every employee must realise that their roles grant them access to different data and the information economy's currency. Second, security teams must implement, maintain and update security technology and processes to prevent, detect and respond to ever-evolving spear-phishing threats. Finally, security teams must strive to stay ahead of attackers by investing in actively updated threat intelligence and expertise to meet their needs.

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7 Ways To Prevent Spear Phishing
  • Educate your employees about spear phishing. Take advantage of free phishing simulation tools to educate and identify spear-phishing risk.
  • Use proven security awareness training and phishing simulation platforms to keep spear phishing and social engineering risks top-of-mind for employees. Create internal cybersecurity heroes who are committed to keeping your organisation cyber secure.
  • Remind your security leaders and cybersecurity heroes to monitor employee spear-phishing awareness with phishing simulation tools regularly. Take advantage of phishing microlearning modules to change behaviour, educate and train.
  • Provide ongoing communication and campaigns about cybersecurity, spear phishing and social engineering. It includes establishing strong password policies and reminding employees about the risks that can come in the format of attachments, e-mails and URLs.
  • Establish network access rules that limit the use of personal devices and the sharing of information outside of your corporate network.
  • Ensure that all applications, internal software, network tools and operating systems are up-to-date and secure. Install malware protection and anti-spam software.
  • Incorporate cybersecurity awareness campaigns, education, project management, support and training into your corporate culture.

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