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Did you know? 90% of data breaches will include a human element (Forrester, 2023)

Breach publications and industry sources estimate that up to 74% of breaches include a human element, where people are involved in the error, misuse, stolen credentials, or social engineering used in the breach. The percentage of breaches that include a human element will increase even further each year due to the impact of genAI and the prevalence of communication channels that make social engineering attacks simpler and faster.

What are common examples of Phishing Attacks?

We often hear the phrase “None of our employees would fall for a phishing attack.”

Culturally, it’s great to have confidence in your employees and their abilities, but it’s equally important to recognise that phishing attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated and convincing. Even well-informed team members can let their guard down and fall victim to these attacks. Below are some examples of phishing attacks that the most vigilant employees might be susceptible to.

Examples of phishing attacks:

  • Sophisticated Attack Techniques

Phishing attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Attackers may use tactics such as spear phishing, where they tailor a message to specific individuals based on detailed research. These targeted attacks can be a lot harder to spot.

  • Social Engineering

Attackers often use social engineering techniques to manipulate individuals into revealing information that they shouldn’t. This will typically involve creating a sense of urgency, impersonation of a trusted authority figure, or exploiting emotions to provoke a response quickly.

  • Mimicking a Trusted Source

These e-mails can appear to come from trusted sources, colleagues or superiors, or well-known brands. An attacker may go as far as creating a fake website that closely resembles a legitimate one or manipulate an already compromised e-mail account.

  • Human Error

Employees may unintentionally click on malicious links or download infected attachments, especially when they are busy or distracted. More than 80% of cyber-attack victims originate from a phishing attack.

  • Insider Threat

Do you have, or have you ever had a disgruntled member of staff, they might just be that security risk that you didn’t expect?

Talk to one of our experts to understand how Xperience can help protect your staff from becoming a victim, and mitigate the business risks associated with the human element, with our Targeted Phishing Campaigns and Cyber Awareness Training.

Why carry out a Targeted Phishing Campaign in your business?

  • Cyber Security culture is a team effort, everyone needs to be pulling in the same direction!
  • You will aid prevention of data breaches
  • Conducting team training and putting procedures in place creates a stronger first line of defence.
  • Brand and reputational damage protection – your brand is the most valuable thing you own, a breach can be detrimental to your image

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