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It seems you can’t read an article on cybersecurity without the word phishing coming up. That is because phishing is still the number one delivery vehicle for cyberattacks.

A cybercriminal may want to steal employee login credentials or wish to launch a ransomware attack for a payout. They may possibly plant spyware to steal sensitive info. Sending a phishing email can do them all.

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There is a reason why phishing is usually at the top of the list for security awareness training. For the last decade or two, it has been the main delivery method for all types of attacks. Ransomware, credential theft, database breaches and more launch via a phishing email.

Why has phishing remained such a large threat for so long? Because it continues to work. Scammers evolve their methods as technology progresses. For example, they use AI-based tactics to make targeted phishing more efficient.

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You have completed your annual phishing training. This includes teaching employees how to spot phishing emails. You’re feeling good about it. That is until about 5-6 months later. Your company suffers a costly ransomware infection due to a click on a phishing link.

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What's a Reply-Chain Phishing Attack?

Companies had to deal with more than just COVID complications last year as they faced brutal cyber-attacks. In fact, a new type of phishing attack was discovered after the furniture giant IKEA noticed several malicious reply-chain emails making rounds in the company. While IKEA was able to protect itself against the attack, many companies are still unaware of the lurking danger. 

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Phishing is the number one method of attack delivery for everything from ransomware to credential theft. We are very aware of it coming by email. However, social phishing has been growing rapidly.

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