Our quarterly analysis finds that business email compromise and brand impersonation scams continue to evolve at a relentless pace, and could even put major US presidential candidates at risk.

Download the report for our latest statistics, including:

  • Nearly 30% of BEC attacks now originate from compromised accounts
  • Employee-reported phishing attacks reaching SOCs surge 25%
  • DMARC adoption rises, but 90% of the Fortune 500 are still unprotected
  • Over 90% of current presidential candidates remain unprotected against email threats

 

About This Report

This report contains metrics from data collected and analyzed by the following sources:

Aggregate Advanced Threat Protection Data

For inbound threat protection, Agari uses machine learning—combined with knowledge of an organization’s email environment—to model good or authentic traffic. Each message received by Agari is scored and plotted in terms of email senders’ and recipients’ identity characteristics, expected behavior, and personal, organizational, and industry-level relationships. For the attack categorization analysis, we leveraged anonymous aggregate scoring data that automatically breaks out identity deception-based attacks that bypass upstream SEGs into distinct threat categories, such as display name deception, compromised account, and more.

Phishing Incident Response Trends

This report presents results from a custom survey conducted by Agari during March 2019. The following charts summarize the demographics and location of the respondents.

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Global DMARC Domain Analysis

For broader insight into DMARC policies beyond what we observed in email traffic targeting Agari’s customer base, we analyzed 328,540,568 domains, ultimately observing 6,755,877 domains with recognizable DMARC policies attached. This constantly updated list of domains serves as the basis for trend tracking in subsequent reports.

About the Agari Cyber Intelligence Division (ACID)

The Agari Cyber Intelligence Division (ACID) is the only counterintelligence research team dedicated to worldwide BEC and spear phishing investigation. ACID supports Agari’s unique mission of protecting communications so that humanity prevails over evil. ACID uncovers identity deception tactics, criminal group dynamics, and relevant trends in advanced email attacks. Created by Agari in 2018, ACID helps to impact the cyber threat ecosystem and mitigate cybercrime activity by working with law enforcement and other trusted partners

Learn more at acid.agari.com.

About Agari

Agari is transforming the legacy Secure Email Gateway with its next-generation Secure Email Cloud™ powered by predictive AI. Leveraging data science and real-time intelligence from trillions of emails, the Agari Identity Graph™ detects, defends, and deters costly advanced email attacks including business email compromise, spear phishing, and account takeover. Winner of the 2018 Best Email Security Solution by SC Magazine, Agari restores trust to the inbox for government agencies, businesses, and consumers worldwide.

Learn more at www.agari.com.

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