5. Phishing Most Common Tactic In Targeted Attacks
Phishing was in the "Top 20 Threat Actions" identified in the 2013 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report. Phishing accounted for 22 percent of the 621 data breaches analyzed by Verizon and impacted large and small businesses. The most glaring statistic about phishing from the report was that more than 95 percent of all attacks tied to state-affiliated espionage used phishing as a means of gaining access to corporate networks.