Human Resources | Agari

As someone who joined Agari nearly five years ago as part of the core team building our breakthrough email security solutions, I am extremely proud of what we built, and I can't wait for you to see what's next. This is—after all—a race against time. In the battle against costly spear phishing attacks, business email compromise (BEC) scams, and other advanced email threats, serious solutions can never arrive too soon.

With the 2019 tax season reaching full throttle, a volatile mix of conditions could fuel an unprecedented barrage of W-2 phishing scams through mid-April this year. For the businesses and employees who fall victim, the results can be disastrous.

W-2s, of course, are the IRS documents that United States businesses provide employees after the end of each year, documenting the employee's earnings, tax withholding, Social Security number, and address. The employee must include the information from the W-2 on their income tax returns.

Human resources departments are the epitome of task ownership, carefully and efficiently connecting an organization’s needs with that of its employees. Employees in HR are tasked with recruitment, onboarding, and employee relations, and oftentimes handle payroll and benefits. Because of their wide reach, threat actors are now turning their attention to this organizational pipeline as they continue to evolve their employee-to-employee attack vectors.