How to stop phishing attacks in office 365
Phishing attacks are not new and they have been damaging cyber-security for years. Every time you think you have overcome the problem, there is another one waiting for you.
Before you find out the solution, you need to know the kind of attacks one can expect. You need to be aware of the authentic and phishing emails. For example, if you have recently registered a domain and your payments are due, they might be attacks by a fake email.
One has to be careful about the red flags of the email. There must be something off about that mail may be bogus information of payment or anything that is inauthentic.
How to analyze phishing attacks?
The naked eye is not always the best way to figure out if something is wrong with the message you just received. First, it is not easy to identify the attack next you might be thinking that how to stop phishing emails in Office 365. For your stress, Microsoft is providing the solution for your organization and it is known as “attack simulator in 365”.
The attacks are increasing from the past few months and the main victims are office 365 admin. So, the attack simulator helps you train your employees by creating real-time scenarios and analyse the response.
How does the Attack Simulator work in office 365 as advanced threat protection phishing?
The real problem here is to prevent phishing attacks by checking out for threats in advance. So, if you are worried about any cyber-attacks, you need to know how things work. You can access the simulator in the security & compliance center by choosing the Threat management >Attack simulator.
The next thing you must know is the roles and permissions that will grant you access to the attack simulator.
What is necessary to get access?
- The email of the organization must be hosted in Exchange online because it is not available on-premises email servers.
- To access you need to be a global administrator or security administrator.
- The account you are using to access should have the multi-factor authentication.
- The most important thing is that your organization has the office 365 advanced threat protection phishing.
The focus of the attack is to manipulate your actions and make perform something that will lead to the loss of the organization. For now, the attack simulators have the following three ways to simulate the carry out the attack.
1. Display name spear-phishing attack
Through this process, create a meaningful campaign through the template or by creating an HTML email body. You can choose different recipients from the organization that has Exchange Online Mailbox. Configure the details required and fill the form and launch the attack. You can add a landing page to show the message for successful training.
2. Password-spray attack
The password-spray attack is used when someone has known the common password that is widely used. You can launch the campaign through the attack simulator and specify the common password and send to the recipients from the organization. This way you can train your employees to never use common passwords again.
3. Brute-force password attack
This attack is to try a set of passwords for the user’s account. It is usually used when bad actors get the list of key users from the tenant. Launch the campaign by adding the required file which should be under the 10 MB size. Launch the attack to educate your employees.
Above are some Office 365 anti-phishing policy best practices. Microsoft has also introduced some new features. Check them out too in a document by Microsoft itself. Next thing is to be prepared and trained for the attack.