“Phishing” happens when cybercriminals use specially crafted, seemingly legitimate-looking emails and social media messages to trick employees into providing confidential data (for example, passwords, usernames, payment card details) that can be used for fraud.
These sneaky attacks are increasingly at the heart of today’s most serious cyber hacks:
- 13% of the annual cybercrime cost globally for companies is due to phishing and social engineering.
- Phishing costs the average U.S. organization more than $3.7 million annually.
- Every day 80,000 people fall victim to phishing scamsfrom 156 million phishing emails sent globally ‒ 16 million of which circumvent spam filters ‒ resulting in 8 million scam emails being opened.
Here are three ways to protect against phishing and social engineering attacks:
Learn more by downloading our Defending Against Phishing & Social Engineering Attacks resource guide.