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KnowBe4 Finds U.S. Phishing Emails Focus on Password Alerts and Policy Changes While EMEA Focuses on Everyday Tasks

KnowBe4 releases Q4 2021 global phishing report
Business Wire via ITWeb,
TAMPA BAY, Fla., 19 Jan 2022
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KnowBe4 Q4 2021 Top-Clicked Phishing Report Infographic (Graphic: Business Wire)
KnowBe4 Q4 2021 Top-Clicked Phishing Report Infographic (Graphic: Business Wire)

KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, today announced the results of its Q4 2021 top-clicked phishing report.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220119005245/en/

“When comparing the results from the U.S. phishing emails to those in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), email subjects in the U.S. appear to originate from the users’ organizations and are focused on security alerts related to passwords and internal company policy changes,” said Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4. “However, in EMEA, the top subjects are related to users’ everyday tasks and the subject lines appear to be more personalized to entice the user to click. As expected, we did see some phishing email subjects related to the holidays, especially holiday shopping in particular. Employees should remain ever vigilant when it comes to suspicious email messages in their inboxes because just one wrong click can wreak havoc for an organization.”

Top 10 Email Categories Globally:

Top phishing email subjects were also broken out, comparing those in the U.S. to those in EMEA. In Q4 2021, KnowBe4 examined tens of thousands of email subject lines from simulated phishing tests. The organization also reviewed ‘in-the-wild’ email subject lines that show actual emails users received and reported to their IT departments as suspicious. The results are below.

Top Phishing Email Subjects:

The U.S.

EMEA

*Capitalization and spelling are as they were in the phishing test subject line. **Email subject lines are a combination of both simulated phishing templates created by KnowBe4 for clients, and custom tests designed by KnowBe4 customers.

Common “In-the-Wild” attacks:

  • IT: Cloud Enrollment
  • Special Project Information
  • You Have Some New Messages
  • Teams Events
  • Microsoft: Private Shared Document Received

*Capitalization and spelling are as they were in the phishing test subject line. **In-the-wild email subject lines represent actual emails users received and reported to their IT departments as suspicious. They are not simulated phishing test emails.

For more information on KnowBe4, visit www.knowbe4.com.

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