Proofpoint, Inc.
Jun 6, 2017

Proofpoint's Annual Human Factor Cybersecurity Report Details Ransomware, BEC, Phishing, and Mobile Threat Trends

Highly personalized, targeted cyberattacks focus on exploiting people, not just their technology

SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Proofpoint, Inc., (NASDAQ:PFPT), a leading next-generation security and compliance company, today announced its annual Human Factor report findings, which detail that cyberattackers are relying more than ever on exploiting people instead of software flaws to install malware, steal credentials/confidential information, and transfer funds. The report, based on analysis of attack attempts across more than 5,000 worldwide enterprise customers throughout 2016, provides a deep dive into attack trends across email, mobile, and social media communication channels to help organizations and users stay safe.

"Accelerating a shift that began in 2015, cybercriminals are aggressively using attacks that depend on clicks by humans rather than vulnerable software exploits—tricking victims into carrying out the attack themselves," said Kevin Epstein, vice president of Proofpoint's Threat Operations Center. "It's critical that organizations deploy advanced protection that stops attackers before they have a chance to reach potential victims. The earlier in the attack chain you can detect malicious content, the easier it is to block, contain, and resolve."

Proofpoint's Human Factor key findings include:

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Proofpoint Inc. (NASDAQ:PFPT) is a leading next-generation security and compliance company that provides cloud-based solutions to protect the way people work today. Proofpoint solutions enable organizations to protect their users from advanced attacks delivered via email, social media and mobile apps, protect the information their users create from advanced attacks and compliance risks, and respond quickly when incidents occur. More information is available at

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