Spear phishing increasingly large concern for IT professionals
"A new survey has shown spear phishing to be keeping IT professionals up at night. Carried out by Cloudmark, the project surveyed 300 IT professionals on their experiences with the targeted form of credential grabbing and found that spear phishing is a larger threat than one might expect. The findings are stark.
Nearly three-quarters of those interviewed feel that spear phishing poses a significant threat to their organisation and more feel that threat is going to grow. Nearly half, 42%, put spear phishing within their top three security concerns.
SCMagazineUK.com spoke to CloudMark VP Matt Grant who told us that they're right to worry: ‘If you look at some of the largest breaches over the past 18 months, whether it's Target, whether it's JP Morgan Chase, whether it's Sony...all of those started with spear phishing emails.’
It's fairly understandable too: email is still the most common form of communication for business and email addresses are extremely easy to spoof, taking only a couple of tries to successfully fake.”
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