Top 3 Phishing Attacks Every Organization Should be Aware of

Enterprise Security Magazine Europe | Monday, June 15, 2020

Hacking and phishing is not news. Instead, it is how organizations can defend against these attacks by taking adequate measures even before the attacking is the new relevant topic. 

FREMONT, CA: 2019 Phishing Trends and Intelligence Report, PhishLabs found that total phishing volume rose 40.9 percent throughout 2018. Phishing attacks and attackers don't show any sign of slowing down. These kinds of assaults target a range of organizations, especially the financial company and its services, emails, and online service providers and cloud/file hosting the firms. The enhancement of phishing attacks poses a significant threat to all organizations. All companies must know how to spot some of the most common phishing scams to protect their corporate information.

Below given are some of the useful tips every organization can rely on how they can defend themselves from these predicted or unpredicted attacks.

Spear Phishing

Spear phishing is the most common type of attack seen on social media sites. In this type of attack, the hacker customizes their attack emails with the target's name, position, company, and work phone number and other relevant information in an attempt to trick the recipient into believing that they have the connection with the sender. To protect the organizations from this type of scams, they should conduct an ongoing employee security awareness training among the other things; discourage the users from publishing their data, both sensitive and corporate information on the social media. Organizations can also make an effort to invest in automated solutions to analyze emails.


This kind of attack has taken different forms. The phishing attack dispenses by sending out an email instead goes for placing a phone call. They mimic the known entities to steal sensitive data or funds from the person. To protect against these vishing attacks, the users of the organizations should avoid answering the calls from the unknown phone numbers, never give out personal information over the phone call, and use a caller ID app.

Deceptive Phishing

It is the most common type of phishing scam. In this kind of ploy, the hackers impersonate a legitimate company in an attempt to steal personal data or login credit card details. Those emails use threats and a sense of urgency to frighten the users into doing what the attackers want. The organizations can defend themselves against this by educating the users to scrutinize the URLs, check for legitimate redirection, and look for generic salutations, grammar mistakes, and spelling errors.

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