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Cybersecurity’s weak point is workers’ email threat knowledge

July 09, 2019 / Jeremy Hainsworth

Employees in customer service and security industries have the worst cybersecurity email performance, with hospitality sector workers scoring the lowest in multiple categories, a new data security report has found. According to the report, released July 10 by California-based global online security firm Proofpoint, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFPT), end users in the education and transportation industries struggled most, incorrectly answering, on average, 24% of audit questions. The report, Beyond the Phish, found in security audits across 16 industries that one in four questions regarding phishing – attempts to gain entry to data systems via email – was answered incorrectly.  But, as with most workplace privacy and security issues, the best prevention is in education. The RCMP describes phishing as a general term for e-mails, text messages and websites fabricated and sent by criminals but designed to look like they come from well known and trusted businesses, financial institutions ...