Expert Insight On Why A Single Mobile Phishing Attack Could Cost Organisations Up To $150 Million In Damages

Lookout, Inc., the leader in mobile security, today released its 2020 Mobile Phishing Spotlight Report that reveals there was a 37 percent increase worldwide in enterprise mobile phishing encounter rate between the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020. The report also shows that unmitigated mobile phishing threats could cost organisations with 10,000 mobile devices as much as $35 million per incident, and up to $150 million for organisations with 50,000 mobile devices.

The report highlights the different methods cybercriminals use to make their mobile phishing campaigns more lucrative, and provides data on global encounter rates and the potential financial risk per incident. The phishing encounter rates are broken down by region, and by consumer and enterprise, to provide a comprehensive understanding of the current state of mobile phishing.

Key highlights from the Lookout 2020 State of Mobile Phishing Spotlight Report include:

  • Enterprise phishing encounter rates tracked quarterly show sequential increases of 37.1 percent globally as well as increases of 66.3 percent in North America, 25.5 percent in EMEA and 27.7 percent in Asia Pacific.
  • Examples of the potential financial risk of up to $150 million per incident due to unmitigated phishing risks for healthcare, manufacturing and legal organisations.
  • Research synopsis of a real-world phishing campaign that targeted over 4,000 North American banking customers.
  • Examples of phishing attack delivery by a wide variety of mobile apps including SMS, social media and messaging apps in addition to email.
  • Best practices for organisations of any size to protect against and detect mobile phishing attacks.

David Richardson, senior director of product management ,  Lookout
June 02, 2020
In a mobile-first world, with remote work becoming the norm, proactive defense against these attacks is critical.
Smartphones and tablets are trusted devices that sit at the intersection of their owner's personal and professional identity. Cybercriminals are exploiting the ability to socially engineer victims on their mobile device in order to steal their credentials or sensitive private data. Today, the number of people working away from the office is at a record high. In order to stay productive, employees ....
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