Over the years, the threat of phishing has gone beyond minor scratchy issues, to a full-blown, online threat that is, fast becoming knotty.
Irrespective of some security countermeasures, created to stop phishing every year, cyber-criminals have always, been able, to upgrade their skills and breach these security measures, causing more damage to their victims.
Hackers have taken phishing attacks, to another level and have increased their assault, not only on PayPal, Walmart, etc., but, also, across almost, all the social media networks.
Below are some statistics of phishing attacks, carried out in 2019, according to Infosec professionals:
•55% of surveyed organizations dealt with, at least, had one successful phishing attack, in 2019.
•88% of organisations, across the world, reported spear-phishing attacks, in 2019.
•86% reported BEC attacks.
•86% reported social media attacks.
•84% reported SMS/text phishing, otherwise, known as smishing.
•83% reported voice phishing, otherwise, known as vishing.
•81% reported malicious USB drops.
According to infosec professionals, 65% of organisations, experienced ransomware infection, in 2019.
Of these, ratio 33% of these 65% paid the ransom, while ratio 32% did not pay.
For the organizations that negotiated with hackers, 9% were subsequently hit, with ransom demands and 22% data, got wiped out, even, after paying the demanded ransom.
According to the statistics, working-class adults, neglect cyber-security measures that will protect them.
- 45% of adults, admitted that, they re-use passwords, multiple times.
- Over 50% of adults find, no reason, to install the password to their home networks.
- 90% admitted that, they use employer-issued devices, for personal activities.
- 32% admitted not having any idea, of what VPN services mean.
Globally, the average working adult, has no basic idea, of what some cyber-security terms mean.
• Only 61%, globally, understand what Phishing means.
• Only 31%, globally, understand what ransomware means.
• Only 30%, globally, understand what Smishing means.
• Only 25%, globally, understand what Vishing means.
These statistics, (stated above), shows that, a lot still needs to be done, in terms of educating working-class adults, about some cyber-security terms and how best, they can protect themselves, from hackers.
It is, highly, essential that, organisations ensure that, all their staff are well equipped, in dealing with cyber-security threats, moving ahead in 2020.
Phishing is, extremely, dangerous and it can cripple an organisation, in the space of, just 5 minutes.
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