Phishing Has Been the Prominent Path for Cyberattacks in 2017

A latest email safety statement from anti-phishing supplier IronScales specifies that all throughout 2017, the obvious cyberattack method is phishing electronic mails, which comprise nearly all of fruitful cyberattacks.

For the statement, IronScales examined 500 cybersecurity experts and requested queries about latest cyberattacks, their reasons, alleviating those attacks, as well as cybersecurity fortifications deployed to stop attacks.

Although several of the companies represented in this survey had implemented fortifications to avoid phishing emails from being transferred, electronic mails were still reaching end users’ inboxes. Electronic mails were found to be bypassing firewalls, spam filters, and gateway solutions. Distracted and busy workers were responding to those electronic mails and installing malware or revealing their login identifications.

The most common types of phishing electronic mails to fool employees were spoofing and impersonation attacks (67%), named phishing electronic mails (35%) and seasonal attacks (31%).


When inquired regarding the main challenges they encountered, the top answer from IT security experts was the detection, alleviation, and remediation of electronic mail phishing attacks.

When phishing attacks happen, they often involve multiple messages. While 22% of respondents were able to mitigate the threat within 30 minutes, 46% of respondents said it can take one day or more before the threat is mitigated and all copies of the electronic mail are removed.


During that time, many employees might fall for the scam and disclose their identifications. The main problem with alleviating the threat is a deficiency of manpower. IT teams are simply too busy to react rapidly to all phishing electronic mails that make it past spam defenses and are transferred to inboxes.


When inquired about the most important electronic mail security technology to install, 72% of IT security professionals stated automated scanning and electronic mail forensics solutions was the most valuable and important. 93% of respondents concurred that effective email safety required a combination of expertise and human solutions, such as end-user training.