CEOs need better cyber security skills as half fall victim to phishing scams


June 28, 2016

Executive boards need better cyber security training, given half of chief security officers fall victim to phishing attacks, according to research conducted by security firm AlienVault.

The research found that 82 per cent of IT security professionals worry that their high-ranking executives are still vulnerable to phishing scams.

Despite such concerns only 45 per cent provide cyber security training to all their employees including the executive board, while 20 per cent do not conduct any training and instead tackle the fallout of such cyber attacks when they occur.

Javvad Malik, security advocate at AlienVault, noted that the threat from phishing is more pervasive than it would first seem, given there are many tools to prevent scam emails from being opened or executing rogue code.

“The challenge that lies here is two-fold. Firstly, most phishing scams that target execs are well-crafted and researched. Similar-looking domains are registered and execs are carefully researched. Secondly, many execs have personal assistants who manage their day-to-day operations and who are often more susceptible to social engineering techniques,” he said.

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