This year will see an increase in phishing attacks compared to other forms of attacks, Down To Earth (DTE) Technologies cybersecurity lead George Mukenya has projected.
Mukenya who spoke at the DTE Tech Day event on Thursday advised CIOs to watch out for phishing attacks as they are hackers’ favourites because they guarantee access to a variety of information.
“The single vector that can give hackers lots of information is your email. This explains why phishing attacks are on the rise,” he said.
Mukenya noted that hackers will continue to direct phishing attacks to the C-Suite level as they hold crucial information about their companies and to end-users as they lack cybersecurity awareness.
“The primary root cause of cyberattacks is inadequate training on the end-users. CIOs need to create user awareness as they can be the weakest link to crucial data,” he stated.
Mukenya advised CIOs to align their security strategies with the changing working environment that has seen organisations embrace remote and hybrid working styles.
Sally Kimeu, Country Manager Cisco Kenya, advised CIOs to shift from cybersecurity to cyber–resilience to enhance their organisations’ ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from cyber-attacks.