Phishing scams have the ability to swoop up valuable information with one deceptive email, so it makes sense they have been a popular methodology for cybercriminals for a while. And it’s likely to remain that way, at least for the time being.

Scott Gerlach is chief information
security officer at SendGrid.

2018 proved that phishing campaigns’ popularity is holding steady. According to the Anti-Phishing Work Group (APWG), there were 264,483 unique phishing email reports in Q2 of last year. Two key sectors that were the focus of some of these campaigns: healthcare organizations and universities. That’s because these organizations contain a treasure trove of valuable data, so serious damage can be done if a phishing scam gets this data in the wrong hands.

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