5 Reasons Why ‘Inside the Firewall’ Protection Just Isn’t Enough for Phishing Prevention
- 17 - June 2019
Many businesses focus on protecting their networks and data centers by deploying security solutions that fiercely guard their entry points. If no one can get inside, then no one can cause harm, right? Wrong.
When it only takes one spoofed domain to bring down an entire network, how can you keep your customers and your employees safe from phishing scams?
Here’s why inside the firewall protection just won’t cut it:
- 90% of breaches come from phishing scams
Today’s largest threats come from social engineering and phishing scams that prey on your customer’s trust or employee vulnerability to steal data or access valuable credentials. The damage is being caused by users who are fooled by websites or correspondence created to mimic your own. This accounts for as much as ninety percent of data breaches according to Verizon’s data breach investigation team. Visitors to these false websites are then tricked into providing financial data or sensitive credentials that can help the hackers to escalate the attack. The whole time, they remain nowhere near your front door.
- Brute force through credential stuffing is not the only way inside
When employees are the target for these attacks, the credentials that the attackers harvest can allow hackers to gain a foothold in your data center or your network without any alarms going off, no matter how strong your internal security systems might be. Today’s bad actors are getting smarter, they calculate the risk of forced entry as far higher than an insidious phishing attack that can stay under the radar.
- Signature-based technology does not do enough
The truth is, network security just doesn’t know what to look for anymore. Web-based attacks with this kind of social engineering element grew 150% from one quarter to the next last year, and new strains of malware are being found attached to malicious content every day. The best security solutions are not dependent on waiting for something obviously dangerous to attempt entry into your internal perimeter. They continuously scan the web 24/7 for any signs of duplication or manipulation, using AI to recognize what is invisible to the human eye.
- Content scraping is a growing threat.
Websites that mimic your own are extremely realistic, and it’s more than just a domain related threat. Web page redirects are a powerful way to avoid detection, and HTTPS encryption is being used by attackers more than ever before, giving customers a false sense of security. If your content has been stolen from your website and is being used elsewhere, this points strongly towards a threat against your business and your brand. Firewall protection cannot detect this, leaving you in the dark.
- Attackers need to be found, not merely deterred
When network-based security blocks an attack, the best-case scenario is that the attackers learn something about your security defenses so that they can get closer the next time. The threat might have been stopped, but the attackers are still at large. In contrast, the best external phishing protection includes dynamic deception methods that can track the behavior of hackers without their knowledge, intercepting and trapping them with forensic data on their location or identity.
Your Reputation Deserves More Than Internal Protection Alone
Today’s threats laugh at the thought of ‘inside the firewall’ protection. Phishing scams need a smarter approach, with technology built for the risks at hand.
Segasec provides a full platform against consumer phishing scams, with 24/7 intelligence on both domain and non-domain related threats, as well as speedy incident response, blocking and taking down the threat before the hackers even know they’ve been found.
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