Whaling: why DeepBlue is the right choice to defend against it

At Deepblue, you can rest assured that you will get the highest quality assistance in your effort to protect against whaling. Not only is DeepBlue in a position to draw on a wide range of specialties, thanks to the extent and the diversity of our specialists’ knowledge, but we are also experienced in communicating what this knowledge means in accessible language, and translate it into an effective service for you. 

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Whaling: what is it? 

You have probably already heard about the malicious practice of phishing. Whaling is closely related, but different. As you can find out here, whaling can be defined as a ‘way to steal confidential data (such as the personal data of employees) or money from an organization’. This is usually done by sending a fake e-mail, allegedly from a trusted sender, to an employee. The employee is then enticed to reveal company secrets or to authorize a substantial payment. Whaling is also known as CEO fraud because the request for data or money is often made to appear to be coming from someone in a top or senior position. Because of this factor, the receiving party can be made to feel reluctant to deny the sender’s request. Fortunately, there are ways in which DeepBlue can help you be more vigilant about these attacks. 

DeepBlue’s services against whaling

To help protect your organization against whaling, DeepBlue can offer you various services. 

  • A risk assessment or risk analysis: this is the first step in the risk management process. The purpose of a risk assessment is to determine how risks can be controlled or reduced to an acceptable level. Because risk assessments carry out a cost-benefit analysis, they also provide guidance on the business and financial effects of a security threat. This makes risk assessments valuable to every company. DeepBlue maps all systems, analyses their coherence and determines where the most and/or greatest risks are. For example: what is needed and what can you do in the event of a calamity such as a data breach. This can prevent high costs and consequential damage from a broken system.
  • Pentest: short for penetration test, this option is the ideal starting point for upgrading your cybersecurity. Through a penetration test, DeepBlue investigates whether, and if so how, (malicious) externals can enter your network. We try to penetrate your network to determine where the vulnerabilities are. 
  • Incident response: in the unfortunate case that a successful whaling attack has taken place in your organization, it is still necessary to take appropriate action, as the damage done can be controlled. DeepBlue can assist you in preventing damage to the rest of your business by providing professional advice and acting quickly and appropriately in all cybersecurity incidents. Our consultants advise in determining the strategy and drawing up action-oriented plans. We make it possible to make responsible choices and make the right investments.
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Whaling: any further questions?

By now, we hope to have informed you of the risks associated with whaling and some of DeepBlue’s methods of protecting your organization against this threat. Nevertheless, you might still have questions that we did not cover. Therefore, we would be delighted to answer any questions you still have. You can reach us via telephone at +31 (0)70 800 2025, send an e-mail to info@deepbluesecurity.nl, or find more information on our contact page

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