This course in one part in our ongoing series on Fraud Trends in the Future. This specific course focuses on Targeted Attacks. In a targeted attack, your organization is singled out because the attacker has a specific interest in your business or has been paid to target you. The groundwork for the attack could take months so that they can find the best route to deliver their exploit directly to your systems (or users). In this course we discuss the types of targeted attacks, phases of targeted attacks and mitigation methods.

Fraudsters seek new ways to exploit private information. Cybercrime and fraud prevention is an evolving field based on varied tactics used by fraudsters. In order to be prepared to mitigate fraud risks, you must understand the current fraud trends. The initial segment of this series will focus on fraud trends that have been identified for 2023 and beyond. Broadly, these trends include:

  • Automation
  • Account Takeover
  • Adoption of new digital payment methods
  • Balancing fraud and consumer friction
  • Rise of synthetic identities
  • Escalating cost of fraud
  • Targeted attacks
  • Strong need for real-time assessment
  • Need for multi-layered fraud assessment
  • Account security

Within each succeeding segment we will focus on specific aspects to enable professionals to start adapting and integrating the trend into their business.

Course Series

This course is included in the following series:

7 CoursesFraud Trends for the Future

  1. Fraud Trends for the Future - Examining Automation and Machine Learning
  2. Fraud Trends for the Future - Understanding and Addressing Account Takeover
  3. Fraud Trends for the Future - Digital Payments Fraud
  4. Fraud Trends for the Future - Mitigation Methods for Synthetic Identities
  5. Fraud Trends for the Future - Understanding Synthetic Identities
  6. Fraud Trends for the Future - Need for Real-time Risk Assessment - Part one
  7. Fraud Trends for The Future - Targeted Attacks and Payment Management
Learning Objectives
  • Explore and evaluate Fraud trends for 2023 and beyond.
  • Discover and define targeted attacks.
  • Identify types of targeted attacks.
  • Identify the phases of targeted attacks.
  • Discover and discuss elements of software that can help mitigate a targeted attack.
Last updated/reviewed: March 17, 2024
2 Reviews (10 ratings)


Anonymous Author
Good coverage of targeted attacks, the different types of targeted attacks and their phases, and software that can help mitigate these risks.

Member's Profile
Good overview of the concept of targeted attacks and the numerous ways that organizations are vulnerable and should be aware of.

Course Complexity: Foundational
No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.
Education Provider Information
Company: Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact: For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
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Course Syllabus
  Introduction to Fraud trends for the Future Targeted Attacks6:10
  Top Fraud trends in 2023 and Beyond6:48
  Targeted Attacks5:08
  Types of Attacks21:06
  Phases of Targeted Attacks22:23
  Software for Mitigation of Targeted Attacks4:50
  Fraud Trends for The Future - Targeted Attacks1:07:27
  Slides: Fraud Trends for The Future - Targeted AttacksPDF
  Fraud Trends for The Future - Targeted Attacks Glossary/IndexPDF