This industry includes a wide range of firms offering services in law, accounting, consulting and more. Cybercriminals know the importance of these organizations’ internet presence, so they often target Web Applications through stolen credentials to hack your system and steal personal data.
Lots of data invites likely attacks
After credentials, personal information is the data most likely to be stolen by cybercriminals targeting organizations in this industry—which can be very lucrative when exploited for various kinds of financially motivated fraud.
Fight phishing by reporting every attack
The Professional Services industry is average in terms of receiving phishing attacks, but the damage depends on whether the victim submits their data, and also whether they flag it to their security team. The good news is not too many people fell for it, but the bad news is that the reporting rate is low. Encourage your teams to report every attempt.
Pick up the pace with security patches
Compared to other industries studied, this sector has a better than average patch rate, but still only completes 67% of patches within the first quarter of being discovered. This means that the remaining 33% can leave companies vulnerable to even bigger problems down the road.
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Understanding the threats can help manage risk effectively
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