According to a recent survey from ProofPoint, more than 80 percent of information security (infosec) professionals saw an increase in phishing attacks in 2018 while nearly two-thirds reported an increase in spear phishing. Meanwhile, those who reported compromised accounts as a result of phishing attacks increased from 38 percent of infosec professionals in 2017 to 65 percent today.
In this context, phishing refers to fraudulent emails targeting an organization’s employees from an outside or untrusted source, and 83 percent of infosec professionals surveyed say these attacks increased last year. Nearly half of respondents reported malware infections as the result of phishing attacks mimicking their organization and 65 percent reported compromised account credentials. This is according to the 2019 State of the Phish Report from ProofPoint.