Email is the number one threat vector. There’s no exception, even with a global pandemic, on the contrary: COVID-19 has been used as an appealing hook by cyber criminals. Data from Trend Micro Smart Protection Network shows that for the first five months of 2020, 92 per cent of all the cyber threats leveraging COVID-19 were spam or phishing email messages.
Email scams can have a big impact, both on the organization and the individual. This was highlighted in a recent report from BBC News where a finance professional from Glasgow, Scotland was targeted by a business email compromise scam. The hackers disguised themselves as the employee’s CEO, and managed to convince her to transfer £200k to their bank account.