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The Current Risk Landscape

Phishing and software vulnerability exploitation are on the rise.

After a relatively quiet end to 2022, cyber incident frequency has skyrocketed in Q1 2023, with notable month-to-month increases in incidents.

Globally, phishing is on our radar again. Though this social engineering trend is not new, the heightened frequency is notable – and speaks to the need for greater diligence on the part of organisations and individuals alike.

Claims data also shows that incidents that start with an exposed software vulnerability are rising in frequency in the US. As new critical vulnerabilities are exposed on hundreds of thousands of servers, there is growing likelihood that a hacker may gain access to an organisation’s systems. 

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The exploitation of previously unknown vulnerabilities (known as zero-day vulnerabilities) is a key tactic that hackers are using to gain entry into systems and networks. When these tactics are successful, others quickly jump to imitate, leaving millions of unpatched systems at risk.
Monique Parrish

Beazley Cyber Services Manager, Houston

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