Pandemic Phishing Scams Are Still a Problem. Graphus Can Help.

February 22, 2021

Phishing scams have been an ongoing, persistent problem for cybersecurity planners and IT teams at every organization – 90% of cybersecurity incidents that end in a data breach start with a phishing email. Today’s most pernicious cyberattacks and threats, like ransomware, skimmers, credential theft, and more, are delivered via a phishing email.

As the COVID-19 pandemic began sending shockwaves around the world, cybercriminals discovered a golden opportunity to exploit for profit: a nervous populace locked down in their homes, many working remotely for the first time, thrown off balance and hungry for information. More than 25% of people worldwide have been impacted by a pandemic phishing scam. By Q2 2020, Google estimated that it was blocking 18 million COVID-19 scam emails a day through Gmail and that the pandemic was the biggest phishing topic in history.

More Email Means More Danger

This is bad news for businesses of every size in every industry. Not only are phishing scams directed to employees surging, bad actors are targeting executives in some particularly audacious scams as they impersonate government agencies and officials. surging, bad actors are targeting executives in some particularly audacious scams as they impersonate government agencies and other officials. Warnings from agencies like the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) detail some of the tricks that cybercriminals are using to catch unwary employees and business owners.

With ongoing pandemic stress and upended schedules, many employees are still working remotely, and that increases the chance that they’ll be fooled by a phishing attack. Although 96% of employees are aware of digital threats like phishing, 45% admit that they’ve still clicked on emails they consider to be suspicious in confusion or fear of missing an important message. Unusual scams, Zero Day and Zero Patient attacks present especially high risks that are likely to slip by conventional email security that has to be updated manually or gather threat intelligence from an outside source.

How Can Graphus Change Your Security Calculus? 

Almost half of phishing emails escape traditional email filters. That’s a huge amount of risk. Graphus uses smart AI with an algorithm so unique that it’s patented to study your company’s distinctive communication patterns, giving your business strong protection against phishing.

  • TrustGraph stops most phishing messages. This powerful guardian analyzes more than 50 factors about your company’s communication patterns to spot and stop phishing attacks. TrustGraph automatically detects and quarantines any malicious emails that wouldn’t be caught by a standard business application security or a clunky Secure Email Gateway(SEG), so the end-user never interacts with harmful messages.
  • EmployeeShield draws attention to danger. Office workers receive an average of 52 emails per day, creating a scenario in which stressed employees may not notice a suspicious message – but EmployeeShield notices. This safety partner alerts employees to danger that they may not notice by placing an interactive warning banner at the top of unexpected messages that allows users to quarantine or mark the message as safe with a simple click.
  • Phish911 makes it a snap to report trouble. With one click, employees are empowered to remove a suspicious message from every inbox in the company and place it aside for administrator review, preventing it from being shown to others with no confusion and without having to worry about making a mistake.
  • Add-ons give you deep threat insight. You have a unique opportunity to get detailed, actionable threat intelligence with Graphus when you choose to include the Graphus Threat Intelligence add-on. When Graphus detects malicious or compromised IP and email addresses, URLs, and attachment hashes used in cyberattacks that target your email users, it notes the information that you need to see for more accurate defensive planning.

Don’t wait until your organization is in hot water from one of today’s most dangerous threats. Contact our anti-phishing experts now to put Graphus to work for you or learn more about why Graphus is the perfect email security solution at the perfect price for every business.