Phishing is the main weapon used to start stealing your information and cash; but how do you protect your business?
Criminal social engineers will look to employ such intelligence gathering exercises to gain access to corporate networks and the valuable data stored within. The 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report shows one in every 14 phishing emails results in a malicious attachment or link being opened, and phishing is now present in one in five security incidents. What’s more, the latest Enterprise Phishing Resiliency and Defence report, from social engineering educators PhishMe, reveals such attacks are up 65 per cent from last year. That’s worrying as phishing is the de facto tool of social engineering used by cybercriminals to hack humans and gain access to enterprise networks and the valuable data they contain. Some 15 per cent of these emails, according to the PhishMe report, will contain a malicious link and rely on entertainment, social media connections or reward as the emotional encouragement to click through.