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Phishing is one of the oldest and most common cyberattack techniques. And yet it continues to be one of the most successful tools in the adversary playbook. It is the act of an attacker duping you into thinking you have received a legitimate contact and getting you to give them your details (usually your credentials) so they can then use them to gain further access to your email, data or systems to further their purpose – usually fraud.

For example, this may be to access your email to commit invoice replacement fraud where you or your clients pay an what seems to be a legitimate invoice which has been altered with different bank details.


Types of Phishing Attacks

While many phishing campaigns start with an email, the user is ultimately delivered to a web page where the phishing occurs. Attackers use several different types of phishing techniques to complete their objective which can include money wiring, credential theft, and data theft. Here are some types of phishing attacks that you should be aware of:

Spear Phishing:
Targeted phishing attack aimed at a specific individual, organisation or business typically intended to steal data or install malware.

Phishing-as-a-Service:
Phishing attacks that work as a subscription model, providing attackers with phishing tools at affordable prices. The kits are often professionally designed to evade detection and improve success rates.

Whaling:
Specific type of phishing attack that targets high-profile employees, such as the chief executive officer or chief financial officer, in order to steal sensitive information from a company.

Angler Phishing:
The practice of masquerading as a customer service account on social media pretending to help customers, but instead steals credentials.

Pharming:
Highly complex form of phishing, which involves converting alphabetical website names to new, seemingly legitimate IP addresses, before then redirecting users to a malicious website.

Why People Get Phished

1. Phishing relies heavily on human error

2. Attacks are more sophisticated

3. Phishing tools are inexpensive and easily available

4. Speed and volume has increased

5. Phishing attacks have become more evasive

How can you protect yourself better?

The only real protection is vigilance, however, this is hard to achieve at a company level as this requires staff to always be wary of what they are clicking on and where they are entering their details. There are products available which provide real-time phishing protection by screening requests made to block malicious sites a phishing link may use to capture your data.

Phishing prevention requires a layered security approach that can analyse and block malicious websites in real time.

Each of these services can simply be turned on as a subscription with your Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall or cloud-delivered through Prisma Access.

Palo Alto Advanced URL Filtering

Palo Alto’s Advanced URL Filtering is the industry’s first inline machine learning-powered web protection engine that stops unknown web-based attacks in real time to prevent patient zero.

Use Cases

Win with speed: Adversaries burn through thousands of new malicious URLs daily. Advanced URL Filtering detects unknown, newly malicious URLs in milliseconds instead of minutes, preventing successful attacks.

Expose evasive threats: At least 87% of phishing kits include evasive techniques. Palo Alto’s machine learning-powered analysis sees through evasions such as cloaking and HTML character encoding to detect and prevent malicious webpages.

Get innovative phishing protection: Advanced URL Filtering provides comprehensive protection, including industry-leading phishing and credential theft prevention, to keep you safe from all web-based threats.

What It Means For You: Stay Ahead of Threats

Complete visibility and protection of web-based attacks

Credential theft prevention: Real-time credential theft countermeasures stop corporate credentials from ever leaving your enterprise.

Targeted TLS/SSL decryption: Customisable policies can selectively decrypt high-risk web traffic, maximising your visibility into potential threats.

Fine-grained policy controls: Multi-category and custom category support enables flexible policies, giving you maximum control of your web traffic.

Disrupt DNS-Based Attacks with Palo Alto

Take advantage of predictive analytics and industry-first protections to disrupt today’s most sophisticated DNS-based attacks.

Use Cases

Blind spot protection: Take advantage of industry-first machine learning-powered protections to prevent the next generation of DNS-based attacks from exploiting your network and quietly stealing data.

Automatic malicious domain blocking: Identify tens of millions of malicious domains with real-time analysis and continuously growing global threat intelligence.

Empowered security: Use DNS analytics to empower security personnel with the context to optimise your security posture, confidently craft policies and rapidly remediate security events.

What It Means For You

Seamless integration
Prevent attacks from bypassing security and eliminate the need for independent tools through native integration with our machine learning-powered next gen firewalls.

Complete visibility
Gain full visibility and context into your DNS traffic to quickly mitigate threats and maximise your security posture.

Power of automation
Automate sinkholing and rapid endpoint quarantining to cut off command-and-control communications and mitigate risk.

Secure DNS made easy
Secure your DNS traffic against sophisticated threats without having to change your DNS infrastructure.

If you would like to discuss how you can utilise Palo Alto to keep secure, or have any other questions please feel free to get in touch with us here at aFinite. You can arrange a meeting with one of our team here, just choose the time that best suits you below.


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