PhishMe report: Reporting suspicious emails reduces breach detection time to 1.2 hours

Increasing awareness and training amongst staff can reduce the impact of a cyberbreach, according to a report by the information security company PhishMe.

The report notes that an employee reporting a suspicious email can reduce the average time for detection of a breach to 1.2 hours. This timeframe compares to the current industry average of 146 days, according to the report. Catching a phishing email early on has become increasingly important; thus far in 2016, 91 percent of cyberattacks and data breaches began with a phishing email.

Healthcare organizations are particularly vulnerable to phishing attempts.

For the report, PhishMe also analyzed data from more than 40 million phishing simulations that the company performed over the course of a year-and-a-half. The company found that 24.6 percent of staff in a healthcare organization responded to a ransomware phishing template email, ranking it the fourth most vulnerable industry behind insurance (34.7 percent), retail (31.7 percent) and energy (27.8 percent).

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