September 17, 2014 by Carsen
Stay Protected from Phishing (One of Today’s Most Common Threats)
Recent reports highlight the need for education on phishing––one of today’s most common threats. Anti-phishing training combined with simulated attacks can help staff learn to recognize and detect such threats and how to take action. Why should you consider training your organization?
Here’s a start to justifying your program:
The Anti-Phishing Working Group Phishing Activity Trends Report for Quarter 1 of this year found the following:
- Number of unique phishing web sites discovered in this quarter was 125,215.
- “As Q1 levels are typically lower than what we see later in the year, we expect this to be a very active year for phishers worldwide,” said Frederick Felman, chief marketing officer, MarkMonitor.
- A total of 557 brands were targeted by phishers in Q1. This was up from the 525 targeted in the fourth quarter of 2013.
- Though phishing is a global threat, the United States continued to be the top country hosting phishing sites during the first quarter of 2014.
“Companies should consider intensifying employee training to combat the increasing craftiness of phishers who are working harder to obtain personal details on targets in order to trap them in scams,” CSO Online’s Antone Gonsalves recently reported.
The article also noted that sophisticated tactics used by phishers means companies need to increase employee education to reduce the amount of people who take the bait as well as to create a culture change to prevent attacks from affecting the organization.
What are your Options?
We recommend an interactive, anti-phishing awareness course like our’s here. This combined with social engineering testing services (simulated attacks/exploitations), provides an interactive and educational way to teach users how to recognize and respond to attacks as well as tests them to see how they respond. It is our goal to change behavior and foster a security-minded culture where individuals quickly recognize phishing attacks and do not click on malicious links, websites, attachments, etc.
We partner with our clients to tailor these services and determine the best approach for their organization. For more information contact us here.
We have also created security short videos like this one to help learners quickly learn about various security threats. Check out and share our Phishing Security Awareness Shorts below:
Email Phishing Security Short- What is Email Phishing?
Phishing Awareness- SMiShing (SMS Phishing)