While cyber attackers chase down system vulnerabilities and valuable data each passing day, the business world has taken the measures against them. The latest trends and cybersecurity statistics reveal that data from various sources, especially mobile and IoT devices, is targeted and attacked. Organizations face the risk of data loss due to unprotected data and weak cybersecurity practices.
Keepnet Labs, a U.K.-based cybersecurity awareness and anti-phishing company revealed the most vulnerable departments and sectors against phishing attacks. The Keepnet Labs 2020 Phishing Trends Report found that 90% of successful cyberattacks occur through email-based attacks. These cyberattacks use deceptive, deceptive and fraudulent social engineering techniques, especially to bypass various security mechanisms.
The report found that 1 out of 8 people share information requested by attackers and 1 out of 2 employees opens and reads phishing emails.
The top 5 sectors with the highest click rates on malicious links in phishing emails:
- Consulting (63%)
- Clothing and Accessories (48%)
- Education (47%)
- Technology (40%)
- Holdings / Conglomerates (32.37%)
Sectors with the highest rates of data sharing:
- Clothing and Accessories (43%)
- Consulting (30%)
- Securities and Stock Exchange (23%)
- Education (22%)
The top three departments with the highest rates of clicking fake links in phishing emails:
- Law / Audit / Internal Control (59%)
- Procurement / Administrative Affairs (58%)
- Quality Management / Health (56%)
The top three departments with the highest rates of sharing data:
- Quality Management / Health (27%)
- Procurement / Administrative Affairs (26%)
- Legal / Audit / Internal Control (25%)
These statistics reveal that certain departments are more inclined to share sensitive information compared to others, and considering their position, they should be much more careful against cyberattacks.