The Rise of Spear Phishing

Spear phishing continues to pose an acute threat to any organization holding what the cyber underground views as valuable data. We know this because spear phishing continues to turn up as the trigger for massive network breaches, from Target and Sony Pictures to Anthem and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

It’s a safe bet that the parade of headline-grabbing data breach disclosures of high-profile entities – not to mention countless breaches of lower-profile enterprises and SMBs – won’t stop anytime soon.

If phishing is a shotgun, spear phishing, a sinister subset, is a sharpshooter’s rifle. This white paper examine the rise in spear phishing and the potential solutions.

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