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Avanan, from Check Point since the August 2021 acquisition, connects security technologies to enterprise cloud applications in order to improve protection of sensitive corporate data and IP. According to the vendor, Avanan's one-click deployment allows customers to deploy a new security…

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Avanan, from Check Point since the August 2021 acquisition, connects security technologies to enterprise cloud applications in order to improve protection of sensitive corporate data and IP. According to the vendor, Avanan's one-click deployment allows customers to deploy a new security…

Proofpoint Targeted Attack Protection (TAP)

Proofpoint Targeted Attack Protection (TAP) helps organizations efficiently detect, mitigate and respond to known and unknown advanced threats that target people and VIPs through email. TAP provides unparalleled effectiveness in stopping targeted attacks that use polymorphic malware,…

KnowBe4 PhishER

PhishER is presented as a lightweight Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) platform to orchestrate threat response and manage the high volume of potentially malicious email messages reported by users. And, with automatic prioritization of emails, PhishER helps InfoSec…

Mimecast Advanced Email Security

The Mimecast Secure Email Gateway is a messaging security option with anti-spam / anti-malware, data loss prevention, large file send, and other features, from UK company Mimecast.

Webroot Email Security Powered by Zix

Webroot Email Security Powered by Zix (formerly Zix Email Threat Protection) solution provides a suite of productivity, email security, and compliance tools built on a secure, easy-to-manage platform designed to help users meet these challenges. It combines Microsoft 365 services,…

Sophos Email

Sophos Email is presented as Predictive Cloud Email Security Powered by Artificial Intelligence designed to block spam and malware, as well as protect employees and block phishing attempts.

Palo Alto Networks Advanced URL Filtering

The majority of attacks and exposure to malicious content occurs during the normal course of web browsing activities, which requires the ability to allow safe, secure web access for all users. URL Filtering with PAN-DB automatically prevents attacks that leverage the web…

Cofense Managed PDR (Phishing Defense Center)

Cofense Managed PDR (formerly Phishing Defense Center, or PDC) is a security service designed to relieve security operators of the repetitive tasks needed to qualify, investigate, and document alerts. With it the user can focus on responding to verified threats, instead of spending…

Barracuda Sentinel

Barracuda Sentinel is AI-based protection which learns a business’s unique communication patterns to detect personalized fraud in real-time to protect against business email compromise and account takeover.

Cloudflare Zero Trust Services

Cloudflare's Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) technologies create secure boundaries around applications. When resources are protected with ZTNA, users are only allowed to access resources after verifying the identity, context, and policy adherence of each specific request. Cloudflare'…

SpamTitan Email Security

SpamTitan blocks unsolicited emails, phishing attempts, spoofing and illicit content. According to the vendor, SpamTitan blocks over 99.9% of spam, viruses, malware, and other email threats.

Agari Phishing Response

Agari in Foster City offers the Agari Phishing Response service, a phishing incident response system designed to accelerate phishing triage, forensics, remediation, and breach containment. Agari was acquired by HelpSystems May, 2021, and is now a HelpSystems brand.

MailGate SC

MailGate SC, formerly from Axway and now from an independent Mailgate, is a email security solution that protects organizations from a wide range of advanced threats. The MailGate platform provides end-to-end email security with patented technology with advanced threat protection,…

Egress Intelligent Email Security

Egress uses a blend of linguistic and contextual analysis, social graphing, and advanced DLP to stop inbound targeted attacks on the inbound, prevent misdirected emails and attachments, protect sensitive data with the right level of security, and respond to risk across the email…

Mimecast Integrated Cloud Email Security

Mimecast's Cloud Integrated Email Security solution protects Microsoft 365 email and is used to block sophisticated email-based threats. Mimecast combines detection capabilities with instantaneous deployment, administration, and optimized M365 protections. It is purpose-built to…


The Graphus platform, now from Kaseya (acquired August 2020) automates protection from cyber threats related to social engineering and spear phishing.

Symantec mail security for Microsoft Exchange

Symantec Mail Security for Microsoft Exchange (SMSMSE) combines Symantec anti-malware technology with advanced heuristics and file reputation to provide real-time protection for email against viruses, spyware, phishing, and other malicious attacks. For additional protection, SMSMSE…


PhishProtection, from DuoCircle headquartered in San Diego, is a software solution designed to defend all users against impersonation, phishing and ransomware attacks.

Broadcom Symantec Email Threat Detection and Response

Symantec email threat detection and response, from Broadcom, is a software solution designed to protect against the most sophisticated email threats and gain comprehensive insights into targeted & advanced email attacks.

Tessian Cloud Email Security Platform

Tessian Defender automatically prevents business email compromise, spear phishing, account takeover (ATO), and other targeted email attacks. Powered by Tessian’s proprietary Human Layer Security Engine, Defender analyses millions of data points for every inbound email and detects…


IRONSCALES is presented as a Self-Learning Email Security Platform To Proactively Fight Phishing Attacks, from the company of the same name in Atlanta.

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PowerDMARC empowers organizations to combat business email compromise (BEC), email spoofing and helps the user to set strong email authentication controls. With its proprietary AI and threat intelligence services, PowerDMARC ensures that only legitimate emails are sent from the user'…

Red Sift
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Red Sift enables organizations to communicate with and ensure the trust of their employees, vendors and customers with their eponymous cloud email and brand protection platform. Red Sift automates BIMI and DMARC processes, helping to identify and stop business email compromise, and…

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Trains users to reduce their phish click risk within a cloud-based platform.CanIPhish does this by utilising real-world techniques and phishing material to phish and train employees. CanIPhish track all interactions from emails viewed, to payloads clicked to credentials and endpoints…

EdgeWave ThreatTest

ThreatTest, powered by EdgeWave, is an Inbox Detection and Response (IDR) solution that automates email threat resolution in the user’s inbox.

Learn More About Phishing Detection and Response Software

What is Phishing Detection and Response Software?

Phishing detection and response software is a set of cybersecurity tools that allow organizations to identify and remediate phishing threats before the phishing attack can cause damage. It is a subset of the broader threat detection and response security space. Phishing is a specific social engineering attack, frequently conducted over the phone or via email, where an attacker attempts to trick a target into giving personal information, often login credentials or financial information.

Phishing detection and response tools provide a range of benefits to businesses. In addition to reducing phishing attacks on the organization, phishing detection tools reduce the number of reported false positives that administrators must manage. They can also automate various routine remediation processes in response to threats, saving admins more time and reducing the time it takes to identify and remediate high-tier vulnerabilities or breaches.

Types of Phishing Detection and Response Software

There are two primary avenues of phishing, and two corresponding segments of phishing detection and response software. The most common form is email phishing, or spear-phishing, where attackers impersonate an organization or authority figure, like an IT department, to convince targets to submit passwords in order to gain access to business systems. These attacks can also introduce malware to business devices and systems. Most phishing detection and response software focuses on addressing this form of phishing.

There are also phishing sites that impersonate entire websites, including branding and other site features, to convince site visitors that they are actually on that brand’s official website. This second segment of phishing is most commonly addressed by phishing tools that market to brands trying to prevent impersonators from damaging their reputation with scamming.

While phishing attacks focus on social engineering, phishing detection and response software utilize various technologies to identify and remediate these attacks. The most common method is for the software to scan incoming emails, or other communications across a network, for various phishing threats and automatically respond to detected threats and/or surface the risk to IT administrators for manual remediation.

There are a range of specific mechanisms that phishing detection tools can use, and many will use more than one. Some of the most common include:

  • Domain identification
  • Header analysis
  • Link analysis
  • Attempted impersonation features
  • AI analytics to proactively identify suspicious behavior patterns
  • Cross-referencing with known threat libraries, often manually updated by security experts
  • End-user reporting

Phishing detection and response tools also provide an organization-wide view of incoming threats and attacks. This centralized management allows security specialists and IT administrators to more efficiently prioritize and address surfaced threats.

Phishing Detection and Response Software Comparison

When comparing different phishing detection and response tools, consider these factors:
  • Email vs. Website Phishing: Does each product primarily protect against email phishing or website phishing? They each serve distinct use cases. Email phishing-focused products prioritize threats to the organization that are attempting to compromise the business directly. In contrast, website phishing-focused software helps businesses identify and remediate impersonations of the business itself that are targeting the business’s users or customers.
  • Point Solution vs. Email Security Suite: Does the business need a phishing-focused solution to target specific security weaknesses, or is there a broader need for comprehensive security? This distinction will help buyers choose between a phishing solution or an email hosting or security package with additional firewall, hosting, or other features.
  • Detection vs. Prevention: What kind of automated capabilities does each product have? There’s significant variation in how much automated remediation in particular each product offers, from automated alerting to incident prioritizing to automatic quarantining suspicious content. While these features can improve security, they can also cause inconvenience in the day-to-day business operations. Consider peer feedback around how automated remediation and prevention features are, as well as whether there have been any business disruptions caused by overzealous automation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does phishing detection and response software do?

Phishing detection and response software automatically identifies potential or known phishing threats and takes some level of automated action to remediate the threat.

What kinds of phishing attacks are there?

The main kinds of phishing attacks either contact targets via email or the phone and impersonate authority figures, or they impersonate entire websites to trick site visitors into thinking they are on the official website.

What are the basic methods used to identify fake phishing?

The main methods of identifying fake phishing include AI analysis of incoming email content, comparing content to libraries of known threats, and end-user reporting of suspicious websites or emails.

Who uses phishing detection and response software?

Phishing detection response is primarily managed by SOC teams or IT administrators, but is also used by line-of-business users who can identify suspect content.

What are the benefits of phishing detection and response software?

Phishing detection and response software reduces the time to remediate phishing attacks, lowering the threat to the business. It also saves IT administrators time managing false positives and prioritizing critical threats.