New Report Highlights How Cybercriminals Target Human Behavior to Hack Accounts, Create Security Concerns
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The Human Factor 2019 Report by SaaS security provider Proofpoint highlights how cybercriminals target human behavior to hack accounts, install malware and create other security concerns, according to the article in Security magazine “More than 99 Percent of Cyberattacks Need Humans to Click.”
“Cybercriminals are aggressively targeting people because sending fraudulent emails, stealing credentials, and uploading malicious attachments to cloud applications is easier and far more profitable than creating an expensive, time-consuming exploit that has a high probability of failure. More than 99 percent of cyberattacks rely on human interaction to work—making individual users the last line of defense. To significantly reduce risk, organizations need a holistic people-centric cybersecurity approach that includes effective security awareness training and layered defenses that provide visibility into their most attacked users,” said Kevin Epstein, vice president of threat operations for Proofpoint, in the article.
Additional report findings include:
- More than 99 percent of cyber threats require human interaction to succeed, such as opening a file or click a link.
- Cybercriminals are improving their techniques to gain financially and “threat actors are finding success in attacks using more than five identities against more than five individuals in targeted organizations,” from the article.