Enterprises fall behind on protecting against phishing, detecting breaches

The ninth annual Verizon Data Breach Report came out this morning with bad news on multiple fronts, including click-through rates on phishing messages, how long it takes companies to detect breaches, and even whether companies spot the breaches at all.

Phishing emails continued to be a primary starting point for attacks, said Bryan Sartin, executive director, global security services at Verizon.

The number of phishing email messages that were opened hit 30 percent in this year’s report, up from 23 percent last year.

In addition, 12 percent of users don’t just open the email but open the attachment as well, while 11 percent follow links in the email to online forms where they then input sensitive data such as login credentials.

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