Endpoint Security and Phishing: What to Know

What can endpoint security do to help prevent phishing attacks? Can endpoint protection platforms help mitigate the effectiveness of spear-phishing? If so, how? 

When we think of phishing attacks, we tend to think in terms of detection and reaction. Often, cybersecurity awareness programs instruct users on how to recognize and report a phishing email attack. Most of the discourse surrounding phishing operates on the assumption that an attack already found its way into the network. From there, it becomes a matter of finding out what is compromised and mitigating. 

Yet it is possible to prevent phishing attacks from occurring in the first place. Perhaps ironically, this preventive approach to phishing stems from endpoint security, the natural evolution of antimalware. 

Yes, the key capabilities of endpoint security can also prevent phishing attacks. All it takes is a little creativity and some awareness of your cybersecurity needs. 

Endpoint Security and Phishing

Data Loss Prevention

Data Loss Prevention (DLP) serves as one of the most critical security tools available. In essence, it prevents sensitive data from leaving the enterprise network; it can block emails from leaving with critical data or prevent users from uploading data to public cloud databases. 

At first glance, this has nothing to do with phishing attacks. However, sensitive data does not always involve trade secrets, proprietary technology, or customer data (although those are critical). Remember, spear-phishing attacks thrive off any information that can add legitimacy to the message. Therefore, sensitive information in this context can include the chain of command, work process seque ..

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