Phishing for Solutions: Are Cybersecurity Compliance Based Programs Working?

Phishing has rendered today's users defenseless against increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks. In 2016, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) reported that 91% of all successful cyber-attacks against the Federal Government in 2015 were enabled by social engineering. In short, 91% of successful cyber-attacks were enabled by users. To complicate matters further, Federal users represent a near 100% cybersecurity trained population, operating within compliance-based cybersecurity programs. If the purpose of cybersecurity programs is to reduce risks, then the DNI metric would suggest a review of such programs may be in order. A logical starting point would be to understand the number one vulnerability: the user.

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