The number of companies impacted by email fraud steadily grew in 2017. By Q4, 88.8% of all organisations were targeted by at least one of these attacks. This is a significant jump from the 75% of organisations targeted in Q4 of 2016.
According to Proofpoint’s new analysis of over 160 billion emails sent to more than 2,400 companies, spanning 150 countries. See below for a summary of the key findings, as well as links to the blog and full report download:
- There is almost no correlation between attacks and organisation size – this is particularly troubling for SME’s. This shows that from an attackers perspective, whilst larger organisations are richer targets, SME’s are more vulnerable to these advanced threats
- Email fraudsters are adapting: The number of identities spoofed within the average organisation hovered around 5 in 2017, but spiked to about 13 in Q4. This shows that education/security measures guarding against C-level spoofing must be working, and forcing adaptation from attackers who seek to impersonate other identities in the org-chart such as HR and accounts payable.
FULL REPORT is available here