Social Engineering Attack Prevention

Getting people to do things they wouldn’t normally do through psychological manipulation works, and it’s profitable. You can’t stop users from clicking because users have to click to do their work. But you can stop bad things from happening when users click links.

Social Engineering works. On average, 12% of phishing simulation participants enter in credentials into a fake login web page. 62 percent captured at least one set of user credentials.**


Attackers only have to fool some of the people some of the time to profit.

Some users will always click an enticing link in an email or web page, but that click doesn’t have to lead to malware installation or credential theft. Browser Isolation doesn’t stop social engineering, but it does prevent the attacks based on phishing, spear phishing, water holing, and fake websites from succeeding. You can’t stop every user from clicking on a link to a fake banking website, but Cyberinc Safe Surf will render read-only to keep users from divulging their credentials. You can’t stop every user from clicking on a link to download ransomware, but Isla prevents the download from touching your local endpoints and network. Social engineering will continue to happen, but you don’t have to suffer the results.

Breaches happen because people do something they shouldn’t or don’t do something they should.

– Frank Abagnale, Security Consultant and former Con Man

How to combat social engineering attacks with Zero Trust

Using the Zero Trust security model prevents social engineering attacks. Zero Trust recommends that organizations “never trust, always verify” by localizing and isolating resources through microsegmentation, ZTNA and remote browser isolation. When a user is fooled into trusting a malicious link or attachment in a phishing email, the attack will fail because nothing can touch the local endpoint or network. If a user is tricked into opening a fake login web page, the Safe Surf feature of Cyberinc Isla will render the page read only, stopping the user from divulging their credentials.

  • Reduce the exposed attack surface
  • Prevent threats with proactive security
  • Contain damage and stop it from spreading laterally
  • Enable seamless and secure access to web applications
  • Prevent credential theft, spear phishing, water holing, and credential theft from happening when users click on links
  • Relieve security teams by moving away from alert-driven architectures

Think different, never worry about users clicking a ransomware or phishing attack again.

How does remote browser isolation prevent social engineering attacks?

Remote Browser Isolation (RBI) contains browser activity inside an isolated environment (Zero Trust) by fetching, rendering, and executing all elements of a page away from the user’s device. It prevents social engineering attacks, including spear phishing and fake login pages, and spares organizations all the headaches – monetary losses, lawsuits, regulatory action, and reputational damage.

  • Protect your organization from malicious links and websites
  • Prevent credential theft attacks using fake login web pages with Safe Surf
  • Eliminate the cost of web-based ransomware and phishing attacks
  • Enable seamless and secure access to web applications
  • Remove browsing activity from a user’s computer and execute it in a virtual environment.
  • Protect from malicious downloads and infected ads

Ultimately for the user, security should be automatic and barely noticeable.*

Instead of trying to stop users from clicking on every bad link, no matter how cleverly disguised, let Cyberinc Isla prevent malware installation and credential theft from succeeding.

References: *SANS blog RSA: The Human Touch. **Duo Security

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