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10 Must-See Business Email Compromise Statistics

April 08, 2021

These 10 Business Email Compromise Statistics Show Just How Dangerous This Threat Can Be


Business email compromise (BEC) is a type of phishing-related fraud that can have far-reaching consequences. Not only can your business be harmed by a successful attack, other companies that your business connects with can also also be damaged. Plus, this threat can be very hard to sniff out with a byzantine structure that also makes it hard to mitigate. These 10 business email compromise statistics demonstrate the rising tide of business email compromise risk. Business email compromise attacks are a nightmare for IT security teams, but there are ways to reduce the chance of your business being next on the list.


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10 Business Email Compromise Statistics That Illustrate the Growth of This Threat


  • Business email compromise rose by 14% overall in 2020 and up to 80% in some sectors
  • 65% of organizations faced BEC attacks in 2020
  •  In 2020, BEC costs increased rapidly, from $54,000 in Q1 2020 to $80,183 in Q2
  • The energy and infrastructure sector topped the 2020 list with 93% of attacks
  • 60% of the information on the dark web could potentially damage businesses
  • In 2020, 80% of firms experienced an increase in cyberattacks 
  • 62% of BEC scams involve the cybercriminal asking for gift or money cards.
  • The most common type of BEC scam is invoice or payment fraud
  • Payment/invoice/billing scams skyrocketed by 155%, in 2020
  • The average amount requested in wire transfer-based BEC attacks nearly doubled in 2020 from $48,000 in the third quarter to $75,000 in the fourth quarter.

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Stop Business Email Compromise Before It Starts When You Stop Phishing


The most effective way to prevent business email compromise from coming to call at your business is to mount a strong, multifaceted defense against tit’s primary delivery system: phishing email. A power pair of solutions can help you mitigate the threat while a third solution works overtime to close the door on business email compromise.

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An absolute must-have for any organization in today’s tumultuous world is a strong cybersecurity culture. But too many employees are still clicking on dangerous messages. Strengthen your security culture and also reduce your risk of suffering an email-based cyberattack by up to 70% when you add effective, cost-effective phishing resistance and security awareness training with BullPhish ID.

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  • Eliminate training confusion, pre-schedule automated campaigns to keep frequency high and make it painless for everyone with user-friendly training portals
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Stop Bad Actors from Opening the Door to Your Business


One of the easiest ways for BEC scammers to slip inside a business is by filching a password – especially a privileged credentials. Stop that from kicking your business in the teeth by adding secure identity and access management with Passly. Why pay more for 3 or 4 solutions to do what Passly does in one affordable package.

  • Get multifactor authentication, the single mitigation that stops over 90% of cybercrime.
  • Single sign-on makes it easy to stop a BEC attack or quarantine an affected user account.
  • Stop password reuse from crushing your security with an easy to use easy to run access point gateway

While you’re looking at improving your protection from email-based cybersecurity threats like BE, don’t underestimate the power f automated anti phishing security. Add big protection at a small price with AI-powered Graphus.



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