There are two phases to phishing awareness. The first is initial training. We take the time to explain the dangers of cybercrime to your employees, detail the exact ways they are being targeted, and give them the knowledge they need to recognize and handle cyber attacks.
The second and ongoing phase is through simulated attacks. A phishing campaign consists of targeted emails to your employees to test how susceptible they are to opening malicious emails and their general level of security awareness. These messages can be tailored to your specific industry or made to look like they came from the HR or IT departments.
If an employee takes the bait, they can be routed to an additional training page to maximize the impact of the training opportunity. This first campaign is essential to establishing a baseline. Future campaigns will keep security top of mind, making your employees hypervigilant about protecting your business.
It’s important to understand that these training programs take time. Your employees may not have the technical knowledge to fully understand the risk, or they may underestimate the importance of their role in cybersecurity. The key to this is education, monitoring, and promoting a culture of security, starting at the very top of the organization.