In today’s ever-changing digital landscape, there is a pervasive threat that continues to grow: phishing attacks.

Seriously, can’t Joe in finance resist clicking on that sketchy attachment? But here’s the thing, phishing attacks have evolved and it’s not just about sketchy attachments anymore. As technology zooms ahead and distractions pop up every second, it’s no wonder phishing attacks are multiplying at an astonishing speed.

Here are the top 5 emerging phishing trends that you need to be aware of (in no particular order):

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a game changer and has become a new favorite tool of cybercriminals to launch sophisticated phishing attacks. With AI technology, they can create fake profiles, chatbots, and convincing voice impersonations, making it harder for people to distinguish between real and fake messages. Cybercriminals have honed their skills to exploit our most human traits – trust, curiosity, and fear – with frightening expertise.
  • Throughout the Russia-Ukraine war, hackers have been using fake humanitarian campaigns and social media scams to lure people into downloading malware or giving away sensitive information.
  • Log4j exploitation attempts remain consistently high. Log4j is an exploitable weakness in a popular logging library for Java applications commonly used in enterprises, cloud hosting services and other critical systems. Cybercriminals use this gap to infiltrate and gain access.
  • Politically motivated attacks targeting critical infrastructure are on the rise, as national security and critical infrastructure remain top targets.
  • Newer work models, such as working from home (WFH) and hybrid models, have opened new opportunities for attacks. As workers stay connected to office networks from home devices, it becomes easier for attackers to access collaboration tools and create phishing emails.

To effectively combat these threats, organizations should consider adopting a holistic approach to cybersecurity. This involves implementing tools and systems that work collaboratively with users. Rather than pursuing piecemeal initiatives, this comprehensive strategy allows organizations to address vulnerabilities on all fronts. When the power of people and technology unite, the organization becomes a formidable force against phishing attacks. 

Cybersecurity as a Business Enabler

Contrary to popular belief, cybersecurity measures are not meant to create friction in business operations. In fact, they have the power to drive resilience, growth, and success by minimizing the risk of disruptions and financial losses caused by cyberattacks.

One of the key aspects of resilience is the ability to effectively manage change, whether it is positive or negative. By adopting a proactive cybersecurity approach, organizations develop the confidence and certainty to face threats head-on, anywhere, anytime.

Additionally, effective cybersecurity measures play a crucial role in ensuring compliance with industry regulations and standards. This goes a long way in shielding organizations from potential legal consequences and harm. Safeguarding sensitive information not only protects your business but also contributes to building a strong reputation and credibility.

Cisco can help prevent phishing attacks

At Cisco, we understand that effective security infrastructure takes more than just tools and systems. It requires the right people and a culture of cybersecurity to work together cohesively.

We’re excited to announce the launch of our newest ebook, Phishing for Dummies. This resource offers valuable insights into the latest threats and trends in phishing and can benefit everyone regardless of skill level. We’ve designed it to be accessible and informative, breaking down complex topics into simple, actionable steps for organizations of any size.

In our eBook, we explore:

  • New and emerging threats on the cybersecurity landscape
  • Key social, political, and technological trends driving cyberattack activity
  • Common weaknesses in infrastructure, training, and protocols that leave organizations vulnerable
  • Best practices and strategies for mitigating cybersecurity weaknesses and staying ahead of phishing threats
  • The Cisco Secure solutions that best combat phishing and provide strong defense against even the most sophisticated attacks

When people and technology join forces, they create a powerful alliance that paves the way for a safer, more secure digital world. Let’s embark on this journey together!

Click here to download the eBook

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Gabrielle Bridgers

Leader, Product Marketing

Security Product Marketing