Title

Still on the hook: the persistent problem of phishing

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Elsevier

Faculty

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science

School

ECU Security Research Institute/ECU Security Research Institute

RAS ID

15988

Comments

This article was originally published as: Furnell, S. (2013). Still on the hook: the persistent problem of phishing. Computer Fraud & Security, (10), 7-12. Original article available here

Abstract

Although it is just one of many types of online attack, phishing represents a notable threat insofar as it has the direct potential to reach end users, and the subsequent potential to cause an impact for them as individuals or for the organisation in which they work. While by no means unique in this respect (the same could, for example, be said regarding malware), it makes phishing a threat that cannot be confidently addressed by technical safeguards alone. Users need to be made explicitly aware of the risk, and advised on how to spot and avoid it. While technical measures can help protect against phishing, there's still a lot of work to be done in the area of user awareness, as people need to make intelligent decisions about the messages they receive.

DOI

10.1016/S1361-3723(13)70092-7

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