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Webinar: Phishing — Exploit of choice for cybercriminals and what can be done about it

Webinar GLS May 25, 2017

Phishing — Exploit of choice for cybercriminals and what can be done about it

Global Learning Systems (GLS) hopes you enjoyed and profited from our webinar on Wednesday May 25, 2017, and would like to provide you with an overview of the session if you attended, and a summary of it if you were not able to do so.

Two co-presenters welcomed participants to the webinar. 
Keith Murphy, product manager for GLS’s popular security package PhishTrain, opened the presentation and provided details on his background, which includes close to 20 years in product development. He described PhishTrain as a “dynamic phishing simulator that is integrated with the GLS portal and helps to enforce the awareness level of clients and end users through a variety of testing.”

Co-presenter Jeff Bernstein, currently a managing director of T&M Protection Resources in New York, which is a global provider of security consulting solutions focused on “protection of people, property and information.” He said in his role he helps “oversee and help clients’ overall security postures,” through “the delivery of tactical and strategic information for security assurance, response, compliance and training programs,” noting that his firm has partnered with GLS for four years, and closely aligned with GLS for seven years.

Murphy provided an overview of GLS, which has 30 years in learning and development, and 16 years as an award-winning InfoSec partner. The company offers a comprehensive security and compliance product library, a robust cloud-based learning management assessment and phish-testing program, and custom learning development and program management services. Among the company’s offerings are “short courses that are highly engaging … and meant to drill down on a specific element like phishing awareness or working safely from home.” Keeping cybersecurity “top of mind all year” is the main objective of the company, Murphy said.

He spoke about the “State of the Phish,” which is “pretty alarming.” He covered recent events and provided a number of statistics and examples supporting the need for advanced awareness and training, such as the monetary cost of compromised information, as well as loss of reputation and customers.

Bernstein said that the statistics of cybercriminal activity include only those who have come forward, and reminded the audience of all those many instances that are not reported. A case study was presented, and Bernstein asked what could be done about stopping the cybercriminality, but “the long and short of it is that it comes down to the security of your data…it depends on people making the right decisions, not making the wrong decisions, and being educated to tell the difference between the two.”   

Bernstein then provided overviews of some of the types of courses available to educate people in protecting themselves and their data. “We’re not just about information security, we also cover HIPPA, PCI, data protection, and a lot of other topics. We have office training and skills, OWASP, roll-based training, and also a wealth of topics around HR.” He also provided in-depth details of how some courses would work and the benefits.

GLS presented its anti-phishing solution, which includes a number of items such as an unlimited SaaS phishing platform access with admin dashboard analytics and reports, simulations, a customizable landing page template library, and much, much more.

Murphy then took questions, such as the ability for an individual company to create its own templates and what size company was appropriate for the anti-phishing courses (to which the answer was that the courses are always scalable and localized to that particular company and/or region of the world.) Every size organization could benefit from the type of education offered by GLS. Prices fit every budget, and GLS tries to be a true partner in crafting that “specific solution” that will meet a particular company’s needs.

More information in detail was presented to participants by Bernstein, who stressed once more the importance of educating people, “which is what the Global Learning Platform does.” Murphy concurred with his assessment, and said in conclusion that “this is real life… and a problem to a large degree that can be mitigated through continuous education” as well as “structuring a deliberate and methodical plan… of trying to move your culture from reactionary to owner-operator when it comes to the security of your data.” He urged people to contact GLS and “let us talk about how we can help strengthen your human firewall.”

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