“Ninety per cent of cyber attacks worldwide begin with an email. Most organisations don’t really look at their email security that carefully,” said Michael Connory, chief executive of Security In Depth.
“Everybody is vulnerable. Australian organisations have no idea how vulnerable they are.”
After a cyber breach of the Federal Parliament’s computer network and a warning from one of Australia’s most senior military figures that the threat of similar attacks is on the rise, experts are pleading with Australian businesses to take the threat seriously.
“The easiest way for an attacker to get into an organisation is by phishing, by email,” Mr Connory explained.
It’s simple. Somebody in an organisation opens an email and are directed to click on a link, usually something that requires an action such as: “You need to update your details”.
When the person logs in, they inadvertently give their username and password to a hacker.
The information is then used to get into the broader computer systems of an organisation.