This past year was the worst year on record for cybersecurity, and phishing was the biggest culprit. More than a third (36%) of all data breaches in 2021 were due, at least in part, to employee credentials stolen through a phishing attack, 91% of which occur through email. Phishing occurs when an attacker masquerades as a trusted entity, duping the victim into opening a malware-laden email, instant message, or text message. The cybercriminal’s aim may be to obtain credit card or other financial information, but often phishing emails are sent to seduce employees into revealing their passwords and logins so the attacker can access their company’s network.
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