White Paper: Measuring End User Susceptibility and Defenses Against Phishing Attacks

Phishing costs about $500M to $3B annually according to Consumer Reports and Gartner Research, respectively. The latest report from the Anti-Phishing Working Group shows the number of phishing campaigns is declining. That’s good, right? Wrong. Phishing attacks are a clear and present danger to our endpoint and network systems. By its very nature, email is able to travel from outside a network to all the locations where users are present. This can effectively eliminate the benefits of a strong and hardened perimeter and allow an attacker a point of entry to multiple layers inside a target network. Hackers have mostly shifted from mass phishing attacks in favor of spear phishing attacks, which yield a much greater open rate because the content is tailored to appear trustworthy.

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