Business Email Compromise

Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams deceive victims into believing they’re communicating with an authority figure such as a CEO or CFO - often without the use of malicious links or attachments.

What Is Business Email Compromise?

BEC attacks are becoming increasingly widespread due to their simplicity and effectiveness. This scam comes in many forms such as
urgent payment requests, bogus past-due statements, fraudulent wiring instructions, and more.

Anatomy of a BEC Attack

The majority of BEC attacks follow four distinct phases:

Phase 1

Preparation

Build Target List

Attackers begin by building a target list by scouring business contact databases, social media profiles and corporate websites to identify targets, and the key people and their relationships within these organizations.

Phase 2

Execution

Launch Attack

Cybercriminals launch BEC campaigns targeting the victims they’ve identified in their target list. Emails sent in these campaigns do not necessarily rely on malicious links or attachments to deceive recipients. Instead, attackers use stealthy impersonation tactics such as spoofing, look-alike domains, or display name deception.

Phase 3

Deception

Employ Social Engineering

Attackers conduct extensive social engineering research to convince the victim to take immediate action by impersonating an individual of authority such as the CEO or CFO of a target organization.

Phase 4

Action

Reap Rewards

Urgency, authority and trust convince the victim to proceed with the request in the malicious email, often leading to a data breach of hefty financial loss for the target organization.

The Guardian Digital Advantage

Protect your users, your key business assets and your reputation with a multi-layered email protection system
that keeps BEC attacks out of the inbox.

Safeguards the Inbox against BEC & Other Impersonation Attacks

The BEC scam is more prevalent and dangerous than ever, and small businesses face the same - or greater - risk as large enterprises. Small businesses often have less stringent security defenses in place, less awareness of threats and less time and resources to invest in protection. Cyberthieves recognize that these companies have the most to lose, and are readily exploiting these weaknesses.

Guardian Digital keeps SMBs and enterprises alike ahead of the latest BEC and impersonation attacks with agile real-time defenses capable of evolving as quickly as these threats themselves.

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Delivers Comprehensive BEC Protection by Filling Dangerous Gaps in Native Microsoft 365 & Google Workspace Email Security

Native Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace email protection takes a static, retrospective approach to securing the inbox, and is unable to detect the conversation-style anomalies that are characteristic of BEC attacks, or protect against emerging threats. It is no surprise that 85% of Microsoft 365 users have experienced an email-borne cyberattack in the past year.

Guardian Digital EnGarde Cloud Email Security closes critical gaps in native Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace email protection with additional layers of intuitive email defenses to prevent malicious mail from infiltrating your employees’ inboxes.

Boosts IT Resources to Offer Superior BEC Protection

Many businesses - especially SMBs - experience a shortage of cybersecurity resources and expertise, leaving them unequipped to detect and prevent BEC attacks and other malicious email scams.

Guardian Digital’s expert ongoing system monitoring, maintenance and accessible support provide a remote extension of your IT team, improving your email security posture and maximizing your team’s productivity with reliable, cost-efficient BEC and impersonation protection.

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Safeguard Your Users, Key Business Assets & Brand Image against Dangerous BEC Attacks with Guardian Digital EnGarde Cloud Email Security.

Phishing Is Evolving.

Are Your Current Email Defenses
Falling Behind?

Modern phishing scams have introduced a new level of risk for businesses. Attackers are targeting Microsoft 365 and G Suite users in increasingly sophisticated campaigns designed to evade built-in security defenses.

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Email Risk in Microsoft 365

is Greater than Ever

What's your strategy for preventing loss of email communication and theft in Microsoft 365? Guardian Digital secures Microsoft 365 against the cost of credential phishing and account takeovers.

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