Kaspersky Lab has stated that 20.64 per cent of phishing attacks registered between May 2012 and late April 2013 targeted users of banks and other financial organisations. The figure emerged from research into phishing threats carried out using data from the cloud-based Security Network. The data is indirectly confirmed by the banks – according to the results of a global survey conducted in Spring 2013, about 37 per cent of all banks surveyed were affected by phishing attacks at least once over the previous 12 months. The organisation claims it is no surprise that banking and e-commerce has attracted unwanted criminal attention. With an attack on other sources that yields personal data, cyber criminals must then find buyers for the information. However, successfully using fake online banking or shopping pages leads directly to earnings for the criminals. Despite the widespread dangers of phishing attacks, simply installing a security product with the necessary functionality to protect financial operations will protect even the most inexperienced users when conducting transactions online.
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.