Fast Facts: Enterprises (Finally) Getting Smart About Phishing

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What separates phishing attacks from other hacking measures is that it preys on human error rather than breaking down a firewall or security net in the enterprise. Since human error has no discernable pattern and is subject to remediation techniques, hackers know it’s a valuable entry point that can be exploited.

New survey results show enterprises, while being phished at the highest rate in history, are becoming more resistant to the technique thanks to awareness and training.

According to the survey, conducted by PhishMe, susceptibility rates have steadily declined in the last three years, from 14.1% in 2015 to 12.9% in 2016, and 10.8% between January and August of 2017. Additionally, potential victims reporting the phishing attempts has also risen, which helps thwart susceptibility. Since 2015, reporting rates have risen from 13.8% to 16.2% to 20.7% between 2015 and 2017, the report said.

These figures are a step in the right direction, considering all types of phishing scams shot up 65% in 2016 from 2015.

As previously reported by Enterprise Mobility Exchange, the best remediation for phishing comes from within the organization, continually testing employees and educating them on the differences between scam emails and those that are honest or real.

Learn how the Henry M. Jackson Foundation’s security department is continually self-phishing its enterprise to create awareness for its employees.

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