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Internet Security Threat Report (ISRT) - 2019

The Symantec Internet Security Threat Report (ISRT) for 2019 is continues to provide valuable information for the security professional.  This annual security report provides key statistics that outline cybersecurity risks experienced by various organizations worldwide. 
Some of the key takeaways from this report include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • 65 percent of attacker groups used spear phishing as the primary infection vector. (pg. 49)
  • Phishing URLs were 1 in 170 of all URLs in 2018. (pg. 48)
  • 1 in 36 mobile devices has high-risk apps installed. (pg. 41)
  • The email phishing rate is the highest for organizations less than 250 employees at 1 in 2,696. (pg. 28)
  • The rate of employees target by phishing is highest at smaller organizations at 1 in 52. (pg. 28)
  • The malicious email rate, 1 in 323, is the highest at smaller organizations (pg. 25)
  • Scripts are the most common malicious file attachment at 47.5 percent. (pg. 27)
  • Office files account for 48 percent of malicious email attachments. (pg. 24)
The Symantec Internet Security Threat Report can be useful in identifying areas of risk that an organization should attempt to mitigate.  One of the most difficult to address are social tactics that relate to the employee side of security.  Read our Article on Social Tactics Continue to Pose a Serious Threat to Organizations to learn more.  PhishingBox provides tools and resources to mitigate cybersecurity risks related to employees, including our fully managed Socially Secured program.  
Posted by PhishingBox on 08/26/2019
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