Gone are the days of the Nigerian prince promising fortune to unsuspecting email recipients. Attackers have stepped up their phishing game and evolved their tactics to entice employees to click links or open attachments, preying on the opportunity to spread persistent malware or compromise credentials. These threat actors relentlessly target employees — both at work and through personal email — in hopes of breaching corporate networks.
A form of social engineering, phishing has been used to steal sensitive and personal information for years, and security teams stay busy tracking and defending against these threats. Security operations center (SOC) analysts are often inundated with a barrage of incidents and must feverishly work to defend the enterprise as malware slips through defenses.