Anti-Phishing, DMARC , Business Email Compromise (BEC) , Cybercrime

Spear Phishing - Top 3 Threats

Barracuda's Asaf Cidon on Latest Trends and Solutions
Spear Phishing - Top 3 Threats
Asaf Cidon, Barracuda

Among the top new spear phishing threats to enterprises: Extortion. Asaf Cidon of Barracuda outlines the top three spear phishing threats and new strategies to defend against them.

Cidon, Barracuda's Senior Vice President, Email Protection Products, was surprised to see how quickly extortion has taken off as a prevalent threat, as outlined by Barracuda' newest spear phishing report.

"We're seeing that attackers are increasingly bypassing existing email defenses by sending emails that include no attachments or links, and basically tell the recipient that the attacker has obtained a password to their account, and wants them to send some bitcoin, otherwise they will expose very embarrassing information about the recipient," Cidon says. "In our report, we found that these attacks comprise over 10 percent of all the spear phishing attacks."

In an interview about the spear phishing trends outlined in this report, Cidon discusses:

  • Insights from Barracuda's latest report;
  • Why top threats are so successful;
  • New defensive strategies and solutions.

Cidon is the Senior Vice President, Email Protection Products at Barracuda Networks, where manages all email protection products. Asaf previously founded and was the CEO of Sookasa, which was acquired by Barracuda Networks in 2016, and worked as a software engineer at Google. He is the recipient of SC Media's 2017 Rising Star Award and holds a PhD from Stanford University in Electrical Engineering.

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