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73% of organizations have been victims of successful phishing attacks in the past year, according to the Egress 2021 Insider Data Breach Survey. IT leaders say the future of remote and hybrid working will make it more difficult to prevent phishing incidents. Remote work has already increased the risk of data breach, with more than half (53%) of IT managers reporting an increase in incidents caused by phishing. Additionally, the study revealed concerns about future hybrid operation, with 50% of IT managers saying it will make it harder to prevent breaches caused by malicious email attacks.

The survey, conducted independently by Arlington Research on behalf of Egress, interviewed 500 IT executives and 3,000 employees in the US and UK across multiple verticals, including financial services, healthcare, health and the law.

Phishing attacks are still very widespread. Employees continue to fall victim to phishing attacks, with 43% breaking security protocols and 36% rushing and making mistakes. The results also highlight the human cost of phishing, as they found that in almost a quarter (23%) of organizations, employees who were hacked through a phishing email left the organizations – either voluntarily or involuntarily. IT managers need to acquire a good understanding of the risk of phishing and put in place an effective strategy to mitigate it.

Read it full report by Egress.


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