More than 99% of attacks in the past year relied on human error to gain access
A new Proofpoint report underscores the need for organizations to address the human factor in their cybersecurity programs. According to the study, over 99% of cyberattacks last year relied on user interaction. In other words, the attacks could only succeed because someone did something they shouldn’t have done, such as clicking on a phishing link or opening a malicious email attachment.
The research found that “whether attacking at a massive scale in large, indiscriminate campaigns, going after specific industries or geographies with more targeted campaigns, or seeking out a single person within an organization, attackers and their sponsors consistently found human beings to be the most effective vectors to infiltrate organizations and facilitate fraud and theft.”