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Exploring the Changing Landscape of Phishing Attacks


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New data provides a multi-faceted look at the changing face of phishing attacks. This data includes who’s being targeted, the tactics used, and why phishing attacks continue to work.

If 2022 is any indication of what the remainder of this year will hold for organizations fending off cyberattacks, cybersecurity efforts are going to need a whole lot more emphasis.

According to Zscaler’s newly-released ThreatLabz 2023 Phishing Report, we get a view into the attack trends throughout 2022 that provide insight into what we should expect more of this year.

According to the report:

  • The number of phishing attacks rose 47% overall
  • The United States and the U.K. were the top two targeted countries
  • Education, finance, and government were the top three sectors, with attacks on education skyrocketing by 576%
  • Microsoft, OneDrive, and Binance were the top three impersonated brands

We’ve seen growth in phishing attacks for the last number of years. So, the increased growth Zscaler highlights cumulative year-over-year growth. It’s why we continue to see phishing as the most common form of cyberattack. This is also why no cybersecurity defense is complete without including Security Awareness Training to protect the organization when security solutions can’t.

Information in this article was provided by our partners at KnowBe4.

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