It seems you can hardly go a day without hearing about another data breach, money transfer scam, or some other crime that started out as a spear phishing attack. Email-borne threats have always been a top priority for IT security, but spear phishing is one of the fastest growing attacks. This threat evolves and changes, and when done correctly, will blend in with a victim's legitimate communications. This is because spear phishing has a human touch. Attackers spend time crafting strategies, researching targets, and refining their methods until they are successful or have made a decision to move on.
When you really dig into spear phishing attacks, you find there are a few specific reasons why they work so well. In this blog post, we will take a look at the top three reasons why criminals are so successful with these attacks.
Olesia Klevchuk is a Senior Product Marketing Manager for email security at Barracuda Networks. In her role, she focuses on defining how organizations can protect themselves against advanced email threats, spear phishing and account takeover. Prior to Barracuda Olesia worked in email security, brand protection and IT research.