The Benefits of using Phishing Attack Simulations for Training

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With how common phishing attacks are in the workplace, training your employees to recognize and properly dispose of malicious emails is an integral part of any business’ cyber security plan. The human side of a business will typically be the most vulnerable security element malicious actors will try to exploit, so implementing a thorough training program will take a key advantage away from the hackers. One of the most effective ways to train employees to catch phishing emails is to give them the opportunity to catch a malicious email through a phishing simulation.

Train Employees with Simulated Phishing Campaigns

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A phishing simulation will send employees in your company an email that mimics a real phishing campaign so that you can see who falls for the attack. From the user’s perspective, the email will appear as if it were a legitimate attack and attempt to fool them into entering the credentials on a landing page. If a user knows the signs to look for, then the phishing attempt can be caught and reported to your IT department or otherwise handled according to company policy. Different emails can be sent out over time to test employees and gather information on where phishing training may be lacking.

Fully Built Phishing Simulation Kits for Training

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Phishing simulations come fully built and ready to send out in no time. Before the test campaign is sent to users, you can see the email template that the employees will receive along with the landing page layout and how it attempts to trick users. These templates will match tools and services your company uses in order to best test an employee’s ability to identify and react to a real phishing attack. The mock phishing email will generally look convincing at first glance but has noticeable features that identify the email as malicious and untrustworthy.

Get Actionable Statistics from Your Phishing Campaigns

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Once the training campaign is completed, you will receive a thorough breakdown of how many emails were sent, who opened the email, and, most importantly, who fell for the phishing attack and entered their credentials into the landing page. With this information, you not only get a detailed understanding of how well trained your staff are, but you are also able to pinpoint who needs training. This way, company resources can be used for effective training where it is needed most, and future mock campaigns will show the effectiveness of that training.

Summary

The most effective phishing attacks will not be the ones with spelling mistakes or broken grammar in a hastily made email because hackers have become craftier and making more convincing phishing campaigns is getting easier. Employees need a sharp eye for catching the details that give a malicious email away, and they need opportunities to practice these skills in their day-to-day workflows where the bad guys will try to confuse and trick them. Our team here at Robinett Consulting is ready to help you elevate your phishing training and help you to implement phishing simulations into your training quickly and efficiently.