Don’t get harpooned! Protect your company from whaling with our new eBook
Let’s think back over the last few hours. Did you check your email? Do you struggle to keep up with the amount of email in your inbox? Do you sometimes just skim over messages in an effort to save time? If you answered yes to that last question perhaps you should take a moment to further consider just how critically you look at everything that lands in your inbox.
According to a recent Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report, over 20% of users will open a phishing email and 11% will open an attachment infected with malware. It’s easy to see how that happens. Email has become the primary method of communication for many businesses — and there is simply too much. Phishers know this, and they are counting on harried employees not to pay too close attention to the dangerous emails they send.
You may think it is easy to recognize and delete phishing emails that are sent to you; we hear this all the time. But research by Intel Security proves otherwise. 94% of people couldn’t tell the difference between a real email and a phishing email 100% of the time. And worse yet — with executives that number rose to 96%! These are scary numbers when you consider that it only takes one click to infect an entire organization.
Cyber crime sinks to a new moral low point
These emails are difficult to spot because phishers prey on the human tendency to trust. Consider a recent alert by the National Cybersecurity and Communications Investigation Center (NCCIC) and US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT). This alert warned against phishing and fraudulent scams related to the Nepal earthquake disaster. Phishers are maliciously capitalizing on the human desire to help through sophisticated scams that are difficult to differentiate from legitimate relief efforts. Is your business safe?
Get the facts about phishing with our new eBook
Don’t wait until an attack happens to realize the seriousness of the threat. We’ve partnered with Intel Security on a new eBook, Harpooning Executives: How phishing evolved into the C-suite. In it you will learn the common tactics phishers use to lure you in, best practices for educating your company and ways you can leverage technology to thwart attacks. We encourage you to give it a read and follow the conversation online at #phishingevolves
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