Phishing is a term that refers to a type of attack made against unsuspecting individuals that coerces them to divulge sensitive information. The name comes from the word "fishing," where one casts a line or net in the water hoping to fool a fish to take the bait.

Protect yourself by avoiding "phishing"

Phishing is a term used to describe a scam, a malicious attempt aimed at trying to trick you into divulging sensitive information via electronic communication.  One recent avenue for this type of attack is through emails appearing to come from your IT helpdesk requesting information, such as your username and password.