Smishing – what is it? And why should it be a top priority for CISOs?

Anyone who uses a smartphone has likely been the target of at least one smishing attack.  Short for SMS phishing, smishing is an increasingly popular choice of attack vector, where the user is deceived into downloading virus or malware onto their mobile devices.   

Smishing as a form of attack is of particular concern as people are trusting and responsive to text messages rather than email. Only 1 in 4 emails are opened by consumers, whereas 82 percent of text messages are read within five minutes.