91% Of Cyberattacks Start With A Phishing Email
Phishing remains the number one attack vector, according to a new study that analyses why users fall for these lures. The majority of cyberattacks begin with a user clicking on a phishing email. Ever wonder why users continue to fall for phishing emails?
According to a new report from PhishMe, 91% of cyberattacks start with a phish. The top reasons people are duped by phishing emails are curiosity (13.7%), fear (13.4%), and urgency (13.2%), followed by reward/recognition, social, entertainment, and opportunity.
“Fear and urgency are a normal part of every day work for many users,” says Aaron Higbee, co-founder and CTO of PhishMe. “Most employees are conscientious about losing their jobs due to poor performance and are often driven by deadlines, which leads them to be more susceptible to phishing.”
While information systems may use increasingly complex security measures, these updates continue to leave one significant vulnerability unaddressed: employees themselves. Email, in particular, represents one of the largest threats that employees can unintentionally pose to their network’s integrity.