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What is Phishing?

Phishing is like fishing, hence the name. The attacker lures their target with bait, often by sending out disingenuous emails to a group of people, and waits for the victim to get hooked. Once hooked, the attacker can trick the victim into divulging sensitive information or carrying out an unintended action by posing as a legitimate and trustworthy entity. It’s also not like fishing, which refers to a harmless pastime.
1st December 2020 – Startup company PhishDeck released its Software as a Service (SaaS) based phishing simulation platform. PhishDeck allows users to quickly and easily simulate advanced real time phishing attacks. Phishing and social engineering attacks remain major security challenges that organizations face regardless of their size. Like any other challenge in cybersecurity, there are no silver bullets to protect organizations against phishing—had there been, a 2020 survey by the Ponemon Institute would not have cited 51% of IT professionals having experienced a phishing attack.