Simulated Phishing Training: Stay One Step Ahead

Responding to human risk
CultureAI Team
July 11, 2023
Security Awareness Pros

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⚡ TL;DR ⚡
  1. CultureAI's simulated phishing training helps businesses build a cyber-aware workforce, reducing phishing risks.
  2. Phishing causes major business losses; training and anti-phishing measures are critical for protection.
  3. Several social engineering attacks exploit human psychology, necessitating strong cybersecurity training.
  4. Benefits of simulated phishing training include a proactive cybersecurity culture, reduced IT load, and efficient resource use.
  5. CultureAI's platform offers personalised, real-world effective phishing simulation training and advanced reporting to mitigate phishing risks.

Why you need our simulated phishing training

The necessity for robust cybersecurity measures, especially those like CultureAI's simulated phishing training, can't be overstated. Designed to effortlessly assess and enhance your employees' cybersecurity awareness, our automated phishing simulation solution offers a smart and resource-efficient way to stay one step ahead of cyber threats.

We incorporate adaptive phishing frequencies and continually updated templates that reflect the latest phishing tactics, keeping your employees vigilant and up-to-date. Coupled with data-driven employee risk scoring, our solution allows for targeted training, focusing on staff who may be more vulnerable to phishing attacks.

In short, CultureAI’s solution provides an effective method to bolster cyber awareness within your organisation, optimise resources, and cultivate a robust security culture, giving you the upper hand in a landscape riddled with evolving phishing threats.

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What we offer in our simulated phishing training service

Our simulated phishing training service at CultureAI comprises several key features designed to bolster cybersecurity awareness among your employees:

  • Automated Phishing Simulations: Our platform automates the process of sending out simulated phishing emails, reducing the time and effort required from your end, and ensuring consistent training for all employees.
  • Adaptive Phishing Frequencies: We employ a system where the phishing email to employees are sent at irregular intervals based on employee risk scores and their responses to previous phishing attempts, ensuring constant vigilance.
  • Up-to-date Templates: Our templates, reflecting the latest phishing strategies, are continuously updated, keeping your team prepared for the most current threats.
  • Data-Driven Employee Risk Scoring: We identify employees who may be more susceptible to phishing attacks using various factors like job roles and access to sensitive data, allowing targeted training efforts.
  • Customisable Phishing Emails: You can personalise phishing email templates to suit your needs, increasing the effectiveness of the training program.

The phishing threat: How it affects your people and business

The insidious nature of phishing threats has made them a considerable menace to businesses and individuals alike. The adverse impact of falling prey to these attacks can be enormous, both from a financial and reputational perspective.

Our platform automates the process of sending out simulated phishing emails, reducing the time and effort required from your end, and ensuring consistent training for all employees.

In 2022, according to the FBI's Internet Crime Report, phishing was the most common type of cybercrime, and losses from these attacks exceeded $54 million. In the UK, phishing attacks accounted for 32% of all cybercrimes reported in the first half of 2021, according to the Cyber Security Breaches Survey.

Phishing attacks can cause significant damage to businesses in several ways. Firstly, they often lead to data breaches, which can result in hefty fines, especially for businesses in jurisdictions with strict data protection regulations like the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). A single data breach incident can cost millions of pounds, with IBM's Cost of a Data Breach Report 2021 estimating the average cost at £2.9 million.

Furthermore, a successful phishing attack can undermine the trust of customers, suppliers, and partners, tarnishing a company's reputation. A study by Centrify revealed that 65% of consumers lose trust in a brand after a data breach.

Lastly, phishing attacks also hamper employee productivity. The time spent identifying, reporting, and managing phishing threats can be substantial, further escalating the overall cost of these attacks.

In essence, phishing threats present a multi-faceted challenge, affecting not just an organisation's finances but also its reputation and overall productivity. Hence, robust anti-phishing measures, including effective awareness training and phishing simulation, are essential to protect your people and your business.

Types of social engineering attacks

Social engineering attacks capitalise on human psychology and behaviour to trick individuals into revealing sensitive information or granting access to protected systems or data. Here are some of the most common types:

  1. Phishing: Phishing attacks are typically carried out via email, where attackers pose as a trusted entity to trick recipients into clicking on malicious links, downloading harmful attachments, or providing sensitive information. Spear phishing is a more targeted phishing version, aimed at specific individuals or companies.
  2. Smishing and Vishing: Smishing involves sending fraudulent text messages, while vishing is voice-call-based phishing. Both techniques aim to trick individuals into divulging sensitive information or performing actions that compromise their security.
  3. Pretexting: In pretexting, attackers fabricate scenarios or situations (pretexts) to steal their victims' personal information. This often involves the attacker pretending to need certain information to confirm the victim's identity.
  4. Baiting: Baiting lures victims into a trap by promising an item or good that they may find appealing. Online, this often involves free downloads laden with malware.
  5. Quid Pro Quo: Similar to baiting, quid pro quo involves offering a service or benefit in exchange for information or access.
  6. Tailgating: Tailgating, or "piggybacking", is a physical form of social engineering where the attacker gains access to a restricted area by following an authorised person.

These attacks exploit human tendencies and vulnerabilities, such as trust and curiosity, demonstrating the crucial need for a security awareness training program to protect against such threats.

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Benefits of simulated phishing training

In the face of escalating cyber threats, simulated phishing training stands as a powerful tool in your cybersecurity arsenal. This innovative training approach offers a plethora of benefits, ranging from ingraining a security-aware culture in your organisation, to optimising IT resources, providing customised training experiences, efficient resource utilisation, and enhanced reporting capabilities. Let's delve into these benefits in more detail.

Simulated phishing training stands as a powerful tool in your cybersecurity arsenal.

Inherent cyber security built into company culture

Simulated phishing training does more than just educate – it lays the foundation of a proactive cybersecurity culture within your organisation. By implementing a real-world phishing attack simulation, employees become acutely aware of the nature and severity of these threats. Over time, recognising and responding appropriately to phishing attempts become second nature, resulting in an inherent and robust cybersecurity culture.

Reduced load on IT

A well-informed workforce acts as the first line of defence against cyber threats, alleviating the burden on your IT team. With simulated phishing training, the frequency of incidents caused by phishing attacks is expected to diminish. Consequently, your IT department spends less time resolving these issues, freeing them up to focus on strategic tech initiatives.

Customised training

Not all employees are at the same risk level when it comes to phishing attacks. Simulated phishing training can be tailored to individuals based on their risk profile, ensuring that those more susceptible receive the attention they require. Customised training enhances engagement and effectiveness, leading to better cyber awareness.

Efficient use of resources

Automation in simulated phishing training helps to deliver timely, consistent, and scalable training with less effort. It saves the resources that would otherwise be used in planning, executing, and managing training sessions. A simulated phishing attack can be scheduled and reports generated automatically, optimising resource use and saving time.

Better reporting

Simulated phishing training provides detailed analytics and reporting, offering insights into individual and overall organisational vulnerability. These insights guide decision-making, help track improvements over time, and highlight areas that need further attention. Comprehensive reporting, therefore, assists in making informed, strategic decisions about future training and cybersecurity measures.

Empower employees with CultureAI’s simulated phishing training

It's imperative for businesses to not only adopt robust security measures but also empower their employees to be the first line of defence. CultureAI's simulated phishing training service does exactly this, providing a proactive and effective approach to strengthening your organisation's cybersecurity posture.

Our platform delivers real-world targeted phishing simulations, ensuring your workforce remains alert and capable of recognising, reporting, and avoiding phishing attacks. By doing so, we promote a proactive cybersecurity culture within your organisation, enhancing overall business resilience against these pervasive threats.

Through our unique, data-driven employee risk scoring, we provide customised training to your employees based on their risk levels. This personalised approach to cybersecurity education ensures higher engagement, better retention, and most importantly, a more secure workforce.

CultureAI’s platform also leverages automation, streamlining your phishing awareness training and allowing for efficient use of resources. Your IT team will benefit as the load reduces with fewer incidents to manage, freeing them up to focus on more strategic initiatives.

Our service is equipped with advanced reporting capabilities, providing you with actionable insights into your organisation's cybersecurity posture. These detailed analytics help identify areas of weakness and track progress over time, informing your future cybersecurity strategy and training initiatives.

In essence, CultureAI’s simulated phishing training empowers your workforce to act as an effective defence against cyber threats, fostering a strong cybersecurity culture. We offer a practical, customised, and efficient solution to mitigate phishing risks, enabling your business to thrive securely in a digital landscape riddled with potential threats.

So, are you ready to empower your employees with the knowledge they need to thwart phishing attacks effectively? Discover the benefits of CultureAI’s simulated phishing training today.

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