Secure Your Human Layer Against Email Account Takeover
Criminals are successfully stealing employee credentials and using compromised email accounts to launch attacks that escape detection. Learn how Armorblox protects your business from email account compromise.
- Organizations protected
- Minutes to deploy over API
- Reduction in Phishing Response Times
What Is Email Account Compromise (EAC)?
In an Email Account Compromise (EAC) scam, attackers use various tactics such as phishing, malware, and purchasing info from the dark web to gain unauthorized access to email accounts. EAC is also known as email account takeover or email hijacking.
Attacks following account takeover are some of the hardest to detect because they are launched from the compromised accounts of legitimate users. EAC attacks prey on the trust established between colleagues to deploy ransomware, exploit and steal sensitive data, or divert funds to fraudulent accounts.
Even vigilant readers of email are bound to trust communications from colleagues after quickly verifying the sender address. But if a legitimate business email account has been taken over by cybercriminals, it ends up being the perfect delivery vehicle for far-reaching attacks.
Common Indicators of Email Account Compromise
Email account takeover scams are tough to spot because they come from legitimate user accounts that have been compromised. Here are some telltale signs of an EAC attack:
- Anonymous IP Logins
You know an employee is in the office today, but they suddenly log in from an anonymous IP address.
- Impossible or Unusual Travel
An employee logs in from IP addresses corresponding to Los Angeles and Lagos within a span of 10 minutes.
- Unusual Mail Patterns
An employee suddenly sends out 100 emails to both internal and external employees at 3am. Insomnia or something else?
- Suspicious Mail Forwarding Rules
An employee sets up forwarding rules on their work email account that diverts scores of sensitive emails to an external personal email account.
Prevent Credential Phishing
Email account compromise usually starts with a phishing attempt. Armorblox looks at thousands of signals to stop advanced 0-day credential phishing attacks that get past legacy email security controls.
Credential Phishing Protection
Stop emails that try to phish for account credentials, such as emails linking to fake Office 365 login pages.
Computer Vision Techniques
Leverage computer vision and language models to detect phishing pages that haven’t yet been flagged by threat feeds.
Custom ML Models
Contain targeted threats with custom machine learning models built for every organization and user.
Identify Anomalous Behaviors
Armorblox detects unusual behavioral signals and attempts by cybercriminals to gain persistence after they take over an employee’s account.
Armorblox creates communication baselines for every customer and identifies anomalies that can signify potential email account compromise.
Anomalous Signal Detection
Detect unusual behavioral signals such as anonymous logins, impossible travel, and sequences of strong authentication failures.
Data Theft Prevention
Prevent data exfiltration by identifying unusual mail forwarding rules.
Save Time on Detection and Response
Armorblox has pre-built detection policies and automatable response action that don’t require hours of manual setup and maintenance. Our platform does the heavy lifting so your team has more time to investigate and hunt for threats.
Threat Detection Categories
Avoid manual policy creation with pre-built threat detection categories (e.g. phish URL in mail body, phish URL in attachment, potential account compromise).
Reduce complexity in threat investigation with a consolidated timeline view of alerts, to detect and respond faster to an email account compromise.
Save time by setting automated remediation workflows, like safe-list accepted behaviors and remotely lock suspicious user accounts, by department and threat types.
Within two weeks of implementing Armorblox, it caught a client email compromise. We were able to quickly reach out to the client and head off any damage that could have occurred. Armorblox was the immediate identification tool that helped us take these preventive actions.
COO | Valeo Financial Advisors