Tekscape is pleased to announce that we will be offering a new type of cybersecurity awareness training from our partner, KnowBe4. Our client’s employees are exposed to phishing attacks every day and to protect them and your business from the problems associated with phishing attacks, we are now offering phishing awareness training. When signing up for our phishing awareness training, your employees will participate in three ways. The first part will be baseline testing which provides an assessment of your users through a simulated phishing attack. The baseline test will tell you what percentage of your users are phish prone. The second part is training. Our partner KnowBe4’s training site includes an extensive library that includes interactive modules, videos, automated training campaign sign-ups, and scheduling reminder emails.
After training, the actual phishing assessments start. Our staff will provide you with fully automated simulated phishing attacks. The assessments include thousands of templates with unlimited usage and community phishing templates. After the assessments are complete, we provide you with results that include high level and granular stats and graphs for management reports. The reports will even have a personal timeline for each user. Read on to learn more about why employees need phishing awareness training.
What is phishing and why is it dangerous?
Phishing is a common type of social engineering that tricks victims into revealing sensitive information or allows a hacker to lock down a computer for ransom. The FBI has revealed that phishing is the most common type of cybercrime. It has been reported more than any type of cybercrime. There have been significant measures to prevent or reduce phishing attacks, but they are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Phishing attacks are often delivered by email spam. Victims are coerced into giving away sensitive information or login credentials.
The goal of a hacker who initiates a phishing attack can vary, but the most common ones are to steal money and install malware, or ransomware. Unfortunately, the most frequent reason businesses fall victim to phishing attempts is untrained and unaware employees. According to IBM 90% of breaches come from human error and new research has shown that one in three employees fell for a phishing email last year.
What is phishing awareness training?
Phishing awareness training is education that instructs employees about phishing threats that they may encounter on a daily basis. The most effective phishing campaigns utilize simulations to bring employee awareness to the warning signs that may indicate that they are about to fall for a phishing attempt. The training will also teach them how to report phishing threats in a safe way. Phishing awareness training also allows a business to assess its security awareness posture. When employees are regularly tested on their security knowledge, it strengthens data protection for the business in the long term.
Why is phishing awareness training important?
The threats brought by phishing attempts are ever evolving and have become increasingly harder for the average person to detect. There are many well-known companies that are regularly targeted by cyber criminals through phishing attempts. Unfortunately, companies that have employees that have not had phishing awareness training can end up with extremely negative effects from a successful phishing attempt. Many businesses think that the only problem that they will face from falling for a phishing scam is financial loss. The cost of the repercussions from a data breach can reach $1.6 million.
However, the worst type of damage from a data breach is often the damage to a company’s brand. When a customer finds out their data has been compromised or stolen, it is an immediate sign that your business does not take cybersecurity seriously. In fact, according to Info Security magazine, 81% of businesses that fell for a phishing attack lost customers. Customers will always move their business elsewhere if they fear that their data is in danger of being exposed.
What happens during phishing awareness training?
Tekscape offers thorough phishing awareness training for all types of businesses. Nothing teaches like experience and when an employee clicks a link in a simulated phishing email, it is important to let them know that they have put your business at risk. We will work with you to send simulated phishing campaigns that train employees and help you understand the security risk within your company. After the campaigns have been run, we will work to review the results with you. Those results can be used to track the progress of phishing awareness campaigns and to add additional defenses to phishing protection.
We hope you enjoyed our article on why employees need phishing awareness training. If you are interested in signing up for phishing awareness training, please contact us today. Besides offering phishing awareness training, Tekscape also offers managed security services, managed IT, networking, cloud infrastructure, and cyber insurance. We are located in New York City but serve clients all over the United States. We work with several industries including manufacturing, finance, legal, and education.