Thursday, December 24, 2015
8 million phishing scam emails reveal nothing surprising
By the time you read this, the disappointment of Xmas could either be a thing of the past for another year or just about to slap you in the face. If you miss that deflating feeling of not quite getting the gift you expected, you could always try reading the latest report from PhishMe, the human-focused phishing defence solutions experts and see what happens when people receive phishing scam emails. What the sweet baby Jesus are ‘human-focused phishing defence solutions’ when they are at home, or work for that matter? Don’t you just hate marketing speak as much as we do? Anyway, that gripe aside we have to say that here at IT Security Thing we actually rather like PhishMe, the people who run it, and the way it uses simulations to help train staff to identify, report and mitigate the social engineering threat. Unfortunately, there are very few surprises within the PhishMe 2015 Enterprise Phishing Susceptibility Report. This actually examined data samples from around 400 PhishMe customers, and represents 4,000 or so training simulations conducted across a 13 month period.