New research from the Clearwater, Fla.-based security firm KnowBe4 revealed that men are 225% more likely than women to divulge sensitive information as a result of phishing attacks.

KnowBe4's quarterly phishing analysis examined 201,755 phishing emails sent over a 30-day period and found that men were more likely to click on them than women were. Over a 120-day period, the firm also distributed simulated phishing emails leading to a data entry landing page that asked users to input their credentials. As a result of this experiment, KnowBe4 found men gave up their credentials more than twice as often as women did.

According to the firm, this is the first time information has surfaced that points to this type of pattern, and it has prompted the launch of a detailed scientific study that will take into account the gender and position of a targeted employee.

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Roy Urrico

Roy W. Urrico specializes in articles about financial technology and services for Credit Union Times, as well as ghostwriting, copywriting, and case studies. Also: writer/editor of a semi-annual newsletter for Association for Financial Technology since 1997 and history projects funded by the U.S Interior Department, National Park Service and Warren County (N.Y.).