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Identity theft and cybersecurity concerns are always more acute during tax-filing season in the U.S. But in 2021, cyber experts believe individuals, organizations and companies must be extra vigilant in their battle against hackers and other bad actors online.

Why? The answer lies in the high volume of unemployment claims filed in 2020 and the speed with which states tried to respond to the intense need for unemployment benefits in the face of the pandemic's notable job loss.

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Elana Ashanti Jefferson

Elana Ashanti Jefferson serves as ALM's PropertyCasualty360 Group Chief Editor. She is a veteran journalist and communications professional. Reach her by sending an e-mail to [email protected].