Phishing attacks are the most common source of cybersecurity breaches in business today, and employee credentials are a top target for these malicious actors. That’s because they are the key to unlocking many of the other security protocols put in place to protect your business. A correct user name and password combination is often all that stands between a cybercriminal and a company’s valuable intellectual property.
Spear phishing is particularly effective because it often exploits a positive behavior – the person’s desire to comply with security policies by providing or updating the very credentials that are supposed to keep them safe. It’s also tricky to stop because malicious websites are numerous and short-lived. Their content changes frequently to avoid accurate categorization.