Five trends driving targeted attacks:
- Rise of Social Networking websites - Employees are sharing information about their jobs and colleagues are arming hackers with the ammunition to conduct sophisticated attacks.
- Ready Markets for hacked information - Hackers steal financial and personally identifiable information (PII) and are able to easily sell this information to others who use it for financial gain.
- Reduced profitability from SPAM - Due to increased diligence and improved SPAM filters, hackers profits from SPAM have reduced. Therefore, they are gravitating to more targeted, lower volume phishing, spear phishing and social engineering attacks.
- Mobile Devices and Tablets increasingly used for messaging - With Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) increasingly become the new norm, employees are increasingly using mobile devices and tablets to check messages. The reduced display footprint and lack of endpoint protection on the typical device make these form factors increasingly susceptible to attacks.
- Low Cost computing - Hackers can get a server, whitelisted IP’s, a domain name and an SSL cert for less than $50. This equipment can be easily used to conduct low volume phishing campaigns.