These 10 alarming statistics about phishing in 2021 can help you fight back against cybercriminals who are coming to loot your data.
Phishing is today’s biggest cybersecurity threat, account for more than 80% of reported security incidents. It’s the gateway to some of the most dangerous pitfalls that businesses face including ransomware, business email compromise and myriad other disasters. Even cybercriminals are hustling a little harder in this challenging economy, but as these alarming statistics about phishing in 2020 and 2021 show, they’re making the most of every opportunity to strike – and that’s bad news for every business.
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10 Phishing Facts You Need To Know in 2021
- More than 80% of all cyberattacks are phishing attacks
- Phishing attacks have increased over 600% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic
- 65% of organizations have experienced a phishing attack in the last year
- A new phishing attack is launched every 39 seconds
- An estimated 90% of cyberattacks that result in data breach begin with a phishing email
- 94% of phishing emails use malicious file attachments as the payload or infection source
- Google estimates it blocks 18 million COVID-19 scam emails a day from its 1.5 billion users
- 60% of businesses lose unrecoverable data as the result of a phishing attack
- 75% of phishing targets are found through web searches or common email address formats
- 65% of cybercriminals use phishing as their primary form of attack
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Remote Workforce Phishing Woes Will Continue
Phishing is especially devastating when supporting a remote or hybrid workforce. Remote workers tend to rely on email – 55% of remote workers use email as their primary form of communication. An estimated 60% of companies have also slacked on security awareness training during the pandemic, expecting that they could pick it up when everyone returned to the office. More than 40% of remote workers polled recently admitted that they’d made email handling errors that caused cybersecurity incidents.
In a recent survey of IT leaders, more than 70% of respondents projected that at least one-third of their employees will remain remote for the next 18 months. About 85% of the survey respondents said that before the pandemic began, they thought that their companies were prepared to support a remote workforce. But that wasn’t the case. Only 39% of those same business leaders feel they have adequate IT expertise on staff to assist employees with remote work issues, and only 45% of organizations reported having enough budget available to address the increased activity and risk.
Blow Phishing Threats Out of the Water With BullPhish ID
What’s the best way to avoid catastrophe from a phishing attack? Never let it get started. By ensuring that staffers are savvy to the phishing threats that they might face, you’ll reduce your chance of experiencing a phishing-related cybersecurity disaster by up to 70%. Security awareness training is proven to be a top mitigation for phishing – as long as it’s refreshed every 4 months or less. It’s not just a short-term winner either. Phishing resistance and security awareness training is essential for building long-term cyber resilience.
BullPhish ID makes that easy, with simple remote management and more than 80 plug-and-play phishing simulation kits – with 4 new kits added every month and material in 8 languages. Make sure that employees are facing real scenarios that are reminiscent of the threats they’ll receive every day by customizing training materials to reflect industry lures, including attachments, videos and custom URLs. Online tests measure training retention to determine who needs more help. Plus, BullPhish ID makes improving security awareness and phishing resistance painless for everyone with training delivered through user-friendly, personalized portals. SEE BULLPHISH ID IN ACTION>>
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