This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more.X

Spear phishing more effective when targeting mobile users

Share this article:
Consumerisation worries public sector IT managers
Consumerisation worries public sector IT managers

Mobile users have admitted to being less aware of threats than they are on PCs.

According to a survey of 130 IT security professionals at this year's Infosecurity Europe conference, 62 percent believe they are far more likely to fall for a phishing attack if they are targeted via their mobile phone.

The survey found that 23 per cent felt most vulnerable when they were looking at emails on the phones whilst travelling, while 30 per cent felt early on Monday morning and late Friday nights were their worst times for falling foul of phishing scams.

Rohyt Belani, CEO of PhishMe, said: “It is increasingly important that employees recognise suspicious communications sent to both desktop and mobile platforms, particularly as more and more mobile devices are connected to the corporate network and have access to confidential data.

“As has been demonstrated in recent months, hackers are gaining access to seemingly highly secure systems by targeting employees through spear phishing.”

Share this article:

SC webcasts on demand

This is how to secure data in the cloud


Exclusive video webcast & Q&A sponsored by Vormetric


As enterprises look to take advantage of the cloud, they need to understand the importance of safeguarding their confidential and sensitive data in cloud environments. With the appropriate security safeguards, such as fine-grained access policies, a move to the cloud is as, or more, secure than an on-premise data storage.


View the webcast here to find out more

More in News

NCA wants security pros to become cybercrime fighters

NCA wants security pros to become cybercrime fighters

The UK's National Crime Agency is on the hunt for cyber security professionals to "join the fight against some of the world's most significant cyber criminals" on salaries ranging from ...

GCHQ head says agency was 'never involved in mass surveillance'

GCHQ head says agency was 'never involved in ...

Sir Iain Lobban says GCHQ staff "are normal decent human beings who watch EastEnders and Spooks".

Apple Mac OS criticised for sending search results to third parties

Apple Mac OS criticised for sending search results ...

Apple is under pressure to make changes to the Spotlight feature on the new Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10, which tracks location and sends data back to the firm and ...