10 Stats that Prove You Need Technology to Fight Phishing

Posted by Liz Dennison 

On Tuesday, we talked about some common misconceptions people have when it comes to phishing. Chief among them?

People can (and should) be your first line of defense against email fraud.

Humans are easily tricked over email. And now, with the ubiquity of mobile devices that hide key fields like the header from domain, it’s harder than ever to identify a malicious message.

Unfortunately, too many enterprises still implement a people-first email security strategy. Here are ten stats that prove you need technology as your first line of defense against sophisticated phishing attacks:

  1. 97 percent of people cannot identify a sophisticated phishing email. (Source: Intel)
  2. Only 43 percent of IT executives believe that security training at their company is effective. (Source: Experian)
  3. Only 3 percent of organizations say that all their employees passed spear-phishing security tests. (Cloudmark)
  4. 30 percent of phishing messages get opened by targeted users. (Source: Verizon)
  5. 12 percent of users click on malicious attachments. (Source: Verizon)
  6. 45 percent of people will offer up personal information during a phishing scam. (Source: Google)
  7. In the first quarter of 2016, there were a record 289,371 phishing attacks, more than at any other time in history. (Source: APWG)
  8. 35 percent of business professionals check email on a mobile device. (Source: Convince and Convert)
  9. Two-thirds of email is opened on smartphones and tablets. (Source: Marketing Land)
  10. 35 percent of email recipients open email based on the subject line alone. (Source: Convince and Convert)

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About Liz Dennison

Liz is the Content Marketing Manager for Return Path's Email Fraud Protection team. She loves creating engaging content that empowers companies to protect their customers and their brands against cybercriminals. Follow her at @lizkoneill.

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