The good news is that Internet users are getting smarter. Compared to 2013, individuals today are less likely to fall for common phishing scams—from unsolicited emails to social media invites. The bad news: attackers have also become more sophisticated, and they have shifted their focus to businesses. POS system breaches dominate the headlines, but new research shows the weakest point of most organizations’ IT security is human, not mechanical.
As found in a new report conducted by Proofpoint, titled “The Human Factor 2015,” while every department is a target, the supply chain is among the most vulnerable. Sales, finance and procurement departments are the most likely to fall victim to email scams, clicking on 50 to 80 percent more malicious links than other departments.