Security Magazine on Social Engineering, a Trending Security Concern, and Other Cyber Vulnerabilities
Hikvision: Learn to Identify Phishing and Spear Phishing to Address Vulnerabilities
Social engineering is a trending security concern, with common attacks such as phishing and spear phishing growing rapidly. Security magazine covers this and other vulnerabilities and cybersecurity trends in the story, “Five cyber threats to watch in 2021.”
Microsoft reported that social engineering cyberattacks had grown to more than 20,000 per day in the U.S. alone. The article’s author describes social engineering as “a non-technical strategy that relies on human interaction and often involves deceiving people into breaching standard security practices, [that] will only increase in the new year.” It often involves common attacks such as phishing emails, which are fraudulent communications attempting to get a user to disclose confidential information or click a link that could install malware.
The Security magazine articles also touched on other trending security concerns, including the following:
- Internet-Facing Vulnerabilities: This encompasses any system with an IP address and employees using a VPN (virtual private network). Cyber threat actors will deploy tactics that exploit “vulnerabilities in unpatched servers” using stolen credentials and other methods for hacking into systems.
- Human-Operated Ransomware Attacks: Ransomware, a type of malware, can infiltrate networks via automated programs where threat actors send phishing emails to numerous targets at once, hoping for a successful breach. The article suggests that cybercriminals are taking a more sophisticated approach, using research to find tactics that will be most effective on the intended victim.
Read the entire article for more about 2021 cyber trends.
Learning to identify phishing and spear phishing can help you address vulnerabilities and reduce the likelihood you’ll become a victim of a cyberattack. Read the following Hikvision blogs to learn more: