Forbes Magazine reported from October 2013 to December 2016, the FBI investigated just over 22,000 of phishing incidents involving American businesses with losses approaching $1.6 billion.
The most common entry point? Email.
According to the Anti-Phishing Workgroup, 90 percent of all cybersecurity attacks begin with email phishing. The group reported in the first half of 2017, approximately 100,000 unique phishing email attacks were reported each month. Researchers also found “several hundred companies are being targeted regularly, at least every few weeks.”
What lies ahead for 2018? Unfortunately, more of the same. A lot more.
Read on to discover the top five cybersecurity phishing trends for the coming year as identified by the Cybersecurity News and SC Media.
Stay safe out there.
By many measures, 2017 was a rough year for cybersecurity with large, brazen phishing attacks negatively impacting governments and companies around the world. Even some of the most supposedly cyber-secure organizations such as Google, Yahoo, Verizon, Virgin America and Equifax fell victim to large data breaches in the past year.
As expected, the onslaught of threats exploiting email phishing as the primary attack vector is highly likely to continue in 2018 as hackers become more sophisticated, legacy technologies struggle to provide adequate security and even cyber-aware humans remain susceptible to chicanery.