One-Quarter of Worldwide Population at Risk of Spear Phishing Attacks

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New York — March 9
Intrepidus Group, a provider of information security solutions, announced initial findings of a research study on the worldwide vulnerability to spear phishing attacks. The Intrepidus Group study was drawn on data from 32 phishing scenarios against a total of 69,000 employees around the world.

Key findings of the study include:

  • 23 percent of people worldwide are vulnerable to targeted/spear phishing attacks.
  • Phishing attacks that use an authoritative tone are 40 percent more successful than those that attempt to lure people through reward-giving.
  • Men and women are both equally susceptible to phishing.
  • On an average 60 percent of corporate employees that were found susceptible to targeted spear phishing responded to the phishing e-mails within three hours of receiving them.
  • People are less cautious when clicking on active links in emails than when they are requested for sensitive data.

“Our research shows that nearly a quarter of the worldwide corporate workforce is vulnerable to spear phishing attacks, despite the fact they received conventional user awareness training,” said Rohyt Belani, leading security expert and CEO of Intrepidus Group.

“When you consider organizations that have thousands of employees, each susceptible person that works for that organization can put their corporate data at significant risk. Every organization needs to educate their employees on how to identify and thwart attacks before they fall victim to these increasingly more aggressive cyber crime schemes.”

Detailed results of the new study will be unveiled by Intrepidus Group CEO Rohyt Belani in his session, “Why Phishing Schemes Work and How to Thwart Them,” during InfoSec World Conference and Expo 2009 on March 9 at 3:45 p.m.

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