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Phishing attackers cast a wide net in hopes of catching anyone, while spear-phishing attacks are highly targeted and customized for their intended victim. Although high ranking employees are the most common targets, it's crucial to protect all users as attackers aim to infiltrate your organization any way they can.
Spear‐phishing is the go‐to technique in the hacktivist, cybercriminal and nation state attackers’ arsenal. It is an effective and inexpensive way to harvest user credentials, implant various forms of malware, bring unsuspecting users to malicious websites, impersonate trusted people and organizations, and collect useful intelligence about the target organization.
Too many users are tricked by spear‐phishing emails to rely on them alone to consistently do the right thing.
Mimecast’s email security solution helps detect and block malicious spear-phishing emails that:
Include both known and unknown or new malware.
Include malicious URLs.
Attempt to impersonate senior staff members and push for the release of sensitive information or the fraudulent wiring of money.
Impersonate well-known Internet brands or external third-party organizations you do business with.