Did you know that 60.3 million U.S. workers are affected by workplace bullying? A 2017 survey conducted by the Workplace Bullying Institute found:
70% of perpetrators of abusive conduct are men
61% of bullies are bosses
66% of all targeted workers are women
Male perpetrators target females 65% of the time
Female perpetrators target females 67% of the time
40% of targets are believed to suffer adverse health consequences from bullying
29% of targets remain silent about their abusive conduct; only 17% seek formal resolution
Bullying is generally defined as the use of intimidation through power, influence, tone or language to affect a person negatively. It is often intentional; however, sometimes the bully is not aware of his or her hurtful actions or words.
Social Engineering has become one of the most prevalent types of computer-related crimes lately. In this type of crime, an employee of a company is tricked into transferring funds to a “bad actor.” The “bad actor” sends an email impersonating a vendor, client, or supervisor of the company and advises the employee that banking information for the vendor/client has changed or company funds immediately need to be wired at the “supervisor’s” direction. The email looks authentic because it has the right logos and company information; however, careful study of the email will reveal that the funds are being sent to the “bad actor’s” account. Too often, unsuspecting and trusting employees unwittingly have cost their companies millions of dollars in connection with social engineering claims.
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