The Human Factor 2023

Threat Report

2023 Human Factor

Analyzing the cyber attack chain

Cyber attackers target people. They exploit people. Ultimately, they are people. That’s why people—not technology—are the most critical variable in today’s cyber threats. This year, the 2023 Human Factor report takes an even closer look at new developments in the threat landscape, focusing on the combination of technology and psychology that makes the modern attack chain so dangerous. Here are just a few highlights from this year’s report:

  • Emotet came back in a big way, topping the attack campaign charts again with more than 25 million messages
  • Novel distribution pushed SocGholish into the top-five malware by message volume
  • At peak, MFA-bypass accounted for more than a million messages per month
  • Telephone-oriented attack delivery (TOAD) messages peaked at more than 13 million per month
  • Conversational attacks via mobile devices grew twelvefold
  • Office macro use collapsed after Microsoft rolled out controls to block them
  • 94% of cloud tenants are targeted every month

Download the report now and break the attack chain.