Email Threats


Phishing attacks lure users into giving away their credentials, funds or sensitive information – and they’re getting increasingly targeted and effective.
94% of all cyber attacks enter via the inbox. Protect your organization where it’s most exposed.
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Blog:  Shifting Email Landscape
Since the rise of tools such as Chat GPT, Darktrace has seen a drop in the number of phishing emails, but an increase in the linguistic complexity of emails.
This may suggest attackers are trading a ‘spray-and-pray’ approach for more targeted emails – assisted by AI – that evade legacy email security – and fool your employees.

The hallmarks of a phishing attack

Phishing relies on tricking unsuspecting email users into sharing their credentials, sending money or leaking sensitive information. Attackers might use the following tactics:
  • Impersonate a known and trusted individual or entity
  • Evoke a sense of fear or urgency
  • Encourage victim to click on a phishing link or open an attachment
  • Request an invoice payment or file transfer
A legacy approach

Stopping today's attacks tomorrow

The vast majority of email security tools today - from SEGs to ICES - take the same approach to stopping phishing. They look to the past at previously identified threats, using signatures and static rules-based policies to try and stop the next attack.

A new era in email security

Attacker innovation is rendering this traditional approach obsolete. Phishing campaigns are becoming more targeted and sophisticated, with attackers constantly creating new infrastructure and hitching rides off legitimate cloud services with clean reputations.
This may suggest attackers are trading a ‘spray-and-pray’ approach for more targeted emails – assisted by AI – that evade legacy email security – and fool your employees.
13 days
The average time between an email attack being launched and acted upon.
That’s 13 days organizations are exposed – and a lot can happen in that time. Darktrace’s approach means those attacks are neutralized instantly.

Email security that understands you

Darktrace takes a different approach.
Our AI learns what normal communication looks like for every email user, in order to spot the subtle signs of a phishing attack – whether it’s been seen before or not.
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Darktrace analyzes all the elements of an email
Darktrace presents a digest explaining what action it has taken and why

Targeted action based on context

Darktrace/Email knows not only when an email is threatening, but why it is threatening. This means it can take the least aggressive action necessary to neutralize only the risky component of the email.
The result: less business disruption, without compromising on risk.

A 360-degree view of every user

Phishing doesn’t stop at the inbox. Once a user is compromised, their account can be used to do serious damage within the business, to your customers and to your reputation.
Darktrace takes a full 360-degree view of a user across their inbox, outbound email and collaboration tools, to allow for full visibility and mitigation of a successful breach.
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