Phishing Prevails Despite Investments in Security

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 09-26-2017 Email

Despite their investments in security technology, most organizations have been subjected to phishing attacks, and they continue to worry about email-related threats, according to a new survey report, "Phishing Response Trends," which was commissioned by PhishMe. Only slightly more than half of the survey respondents believe that they have sufficient controls in place to protect their company. According to the report, gateway filtering and anti-malware solutions work only up to a point, and trained employees are better at detecting attacks such as business email compromises. Also, human-reported intelligence can be invaluable to incident responders, who can then use automation to analyze and react. "Businesses are flooded with suspicious emails targeting employees, but are ill-prepared to process and respond to those threats," the report said, "Most organizations feel they have little, if any, expertise in anti-phishing and may feel their incident response processes are weak." Gatepoint Research surveyed 200 senior IT decision-makers from a wide variety of industries.

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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