The Human Factor Report 2017, by Proofpoint

Today’s advanced attacks focus more on exploiting human flaws than system flaws. To explore this under-reported aspect of enterprise threats, Proofpoint have created The Human Factor Report. This paper presents original field research using data gathered by Proofpoint products deployed in customer settings around the world.

Highlights of this year’s report include:

  • Business email compromise (BEC) attacks rose 45% in Q4 of 2016. Attacks are shifting beyond the CEO-CFO relationship, targeting other employee groups deeper within the organization.
  • Fraudulent social media accounts became a major feature of the threat landscape in 2016. These so-called “angler phishing” attacks grew by 150% in 2016.
  • Mobile clicks on malicious URLs doubled revealing the importance of protecting devices beyond the enterprise.

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