Did you know that 91% of data breaches started with a spear-phishing attack?

According to recent studies, it is evident that the number one cybersecurity threats for 2020 are phishing attacks.

Phishing attacks were first documented in 1995 and have increased in intelligence & sophistication over the years.

The first memorable phishing attack was the ‘love messages of 2000’ which entailed a hacker sending emails with the subject header “ILOVEYOU”. The message body read:  “Kindly check the attached LOVELETTER coming from _______ “.
Those who opened the attachment unwittingly activated a malicious VBS worm. The ILOVEYOU virus had a wide range of attacks, for example:

  • Send itself through Internet Relay Chat clients as well as email
  • Capture and send all your passwords to the hacker.
  • Copy itself to various locations on the local machine to spread the virus.

Today, phishing attacks have evolved to include: mail phishing, voice phishing, spear phishing, smishing etc.

Prevention:

Although the sophistication of phishing attacks have increased dramatically, there are ways to mitigate the risk:

  • Using custom anti-phishing software.
  • Implementing a policy of least privilege for user accounts
  • Not opening emails from unknown sources, or display suspicious content.
  • Security Awareness Training

Regardless of an organisations security level, humans will always be the weakest link. Untrained staff are often unaware of the dangers of phishing attacks.

Turn your workforce into a human firewall with the new school security awareness training. We have partnered with KnowBe4 to provide you with a platform to better manage the urgent IT security problems of social engineering, spear-phishing and ransomware attacks.

Find out what percentage of your employees are Phish-prone™ with your free phishing security test from our partner KnowBe4. Plus, see how you stack up against your peers with the new phishing Industry Benchmarks!