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A Closer Look at the Email Phishing Landscape

Biabani, Hamza Azhar (2022) A Closer Look at the Email Phishing Landscape.

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Abstract:While we may strive for the latest security measures and stringent protocols, the human element remains the weakest and most effective link of attack for malevolent individuals. Exploiting these human links for crucial information is what’s referred to as social engineered attacks. To counter this, interventions are developed to protect uninformed or unaware users of such systems. In this paper we focus on the most common type of social engineering attack: email phishing. The goal is firstly, to review the efficacy of currently employed interventions, and secondly to identify the factors that can inform susceptibility. To do this, a meta-analysis and sub-group analysis were conducted on current literature. All studies from 2000 till present were screened for relevance and would be narrowed down further via eligibility criteria. In the end, 8 papers are used for the analysis, with 14 sub-category variables included. Current interventions have a medium effect size (SMD=0.527). The most effective interventions include elements of warning, a focus on URL identification, and use multiple formats of delivery.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Business & IT BSc (56066)
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