Engineering and R&D workers hit hardest by cyberattacks

ITProPortal | April 23, 2019

Cybercriminals are launching more targeted phishing attacks than before, with specific job roles being targeted, new research has found. Phishing refers to the tactic of hackers targeting specific people within an organisation with the goal of extracting sensitive information or credentials, is extremely popular nowadays.
Now, a report from Proofpoint found that workers in research & development, as well as those in engineering, are the most heavily targeted group of employees, generally speaking. The second most targeted group are low-level employees, followed by high-level management and executives. Looking at how they’re attacked, the report says spoofing soared, with the number of attacks per company up 944 per cent on average, compared to the same quarter last year. Then, there’s the web-based social engineering attack, these grew 150 per cent in the same timeframe, as well.

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Computer vision is an interdisciplinary scientific field that deals with how computers can be made to gain high-level understanding from digital images or videos. From the perspective of engineering, it seeks to automate tasks that the human visual system can do.

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