David Dufour: September 28, 2020

PHISHING IN A PANDEMIC: 1 IN 4 AMERICANS HAVE FALLEN VICTIM TO A COVID-19 RELATED PHISHING EMAIL 

GLOBAL SURVEY FINDS PHISHING REMAINS A PROBLEM FOR COMPANIES AND CONSUMERS, WITH OVERALL EMAIL VOLUME INCREASING 34% SINCE LAST YEAR

 

DAVID DUFOUR

Cybersecurity Expert

 

More than 25% of Americans fell prey to pandemic phishing. With so many Americans still working from home, an influx of emails and a general ‘always connected’ attitude, there are more opportunities for cybercriminals than ever. Like distracted driving, many employees are doing distracted working — working while watching TV or doing other chores, making them less likely to pay attention to the important cues of phishing email messages.

 

Webroot released a new report that shed light on what people know about phishing attacks, what makes them click on a potentially malicious link and overall cybersecurity and cyber resilience habits in the time of COVID-19. The report found that companies and consumers are falsely confident when it comes to cyber safety.

 

SOME MORE OF THE REPORT’S FINDINGS:

  • 34% increase of emails received from last year. More emails mean more opportunity for attack and more cognitive load to discern what’s legitimate and what’s a fraudulent request.
  • 94% are online shopping more or at least the same amount as before, and for those shopping more, 68% think the risk that their credit and financial information could be exposed is even higher.
  • 76% admit to opening emails from unknown senders, with over half (59%) blaming it on the fact that phishing emails look more realistic than ever before.
  • 59% believe they know enough to keep themselves and their personal data safe from cybersecurity attacks, but one third still admit they’ve clicked on a scam in the last year.
  • 64% would open an email from their boss first, followed by 23% would open an email marked “URGENT” first.
  • 22% of respondents admit to clicking a phishing link in their personal email while approximately 14% clicked one in their work email, suggesting employees may let their guard down outside of work.

 

More education and prevention measures are needed to achieve cyber resilience, especially as the future of work includes remote workers who are accessing company resources from personal or shared public networks. In this interview, cybersecurity expert David Dufour will discuss why working from home is making us more susceptible to threats, what hackers are doing to entice you while you’re distracted working and why you need to make sure you backup your desktop.

 

 

For more information please visit: www.Webroot.com

 

MORE ABOUT DAVID DUFOUR:

David Dufour is a cyber security expert, helping keep people safe from a variety of cyberthreats including phishing, ransomware, and IoT related malware.  He is currently VP of Engineering and Cybersecurity at Webroot, an OpenText company, who is a leader in next-generation endpoint security and cloud-based threat intelligence. Mr. Dufour has provided expert analysis and testimony in legal cases ranging from software product development and acquisition to embedded systems design and implementation. He possesses the ability to succinctly articulate complex ideas to a broader audience, which is crucial to providing context, depth, and understanding to all parties in legal cases. Mr. Dufour enjoys speaking at dozens of events across the globe to encourage cyber threat leaders to move the industry to a more automated, predictive state. Mr. Dufour is a veteran of the United States Air Force where he supported the World Wide Military Command and Control System.

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