The Human Factor

How today's cybersecurity threats prey on the human factor

The 2017 Human Factor Report

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

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In this video, learn about the top trends in email attachments, social media posts, and URLs.

This will walk you through key statistics in The Human Factor report to reveal not only who is clicking what, but also how threat actors are exploiting the human factor, with special attention to how this affects the Australian marketplace.

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Today's advanced attacks focus more on exploiting human flaws than system flaws. To explore this under-reported aspect of enterprise threats, we created The Human Factor Report.

Highlights of this year's report include:

  • Email Fraud 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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