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Most Malware Arrives Via Email

Watch out for messages with the word "invoice" in the subject line, too.

A new report finds malware, malice, and email messages inextricably bound together in employee inboxes. The tie is so strong that more than 90% of all malware is delivered via email — and that's not the end of the bad news for system managers.

According to the "Cofense State of Phishing Defense 2018" report, the average employee doesn't go two full days between phishing messages, and more than half of those messages come with the word "invoice" in the subject line. Phishing isn't the only danger packaged with the malicious email, either: Twenty-one percent of the email messages flagged as criminal in intent carried malicious attachments along with any phishing or other behavioral malware.

To gather the information, Cofense analyzed more than 135 million phishing simulations, 800,000 reported emails, and nearly 50,000 real phishing campaigns targeting organizations in 23 industries ranging from healthcare and financial services to manufacturing.

Read more here.

 

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10/15/2018 | 10:18:24 AM
The tie is so strong that more than 90% of all malware is delivered via email
This is not surprising when you consider the medium. Email is required by businesses for quick communication. Because B2B communication is needed, it is a protocol that needs to be opened to the outside world making it accessible to anyone. End users of the business are the largest risk to the organization. All the components make perfect sense in the equation.

Open Protocol + Inherently Vulnerable Entity = Highest Probablity of Malware Delivery Success
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