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Office 365 is Prime Target for Spear-Phishing - MeriTalk (blog)

A Barracuda report released Aug. 30 said that bad actors are using spear-phishing, account compromise, and insider impersonation to target Office 365 users.

Both Federal and state governments use Office 365 for reasons such as cost savings, security, privacy, and accessibility. The State of New York saved $3 milliona year when it adopted Office 365 and the city of Chicago experienced an 80 percent decrease in cost per employee. Microsoft also restricts content so it’s only shared with intended users, and contains tools to make its technology accessible to people who are visually impaired, deaf, or hard of hearing.

“Many phishing attempts are easy for end users to sniff out because they contain bold requests, misspelled words, or questionable attachments that raise red flags,” the report stated. “However, we are seeing an increase in the number of attacks that are much more difficult to spot due to the personalized nature in which they are carefully crafted and delivered.”

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