Phishing Simulations with AutoPhish
What Is Phishing?
Phishing is a malicious form of internet fraud where the perpetrators attempt to scam victims into providing personal, financial, or corporate information. Typically, this crime happens via email or other online delivery systems, such as text messages and social media platforms. The phishers construct emails or text messages that appear legitimate — often impersonating financial institutions or large companies — to solicit and harvest private data from unsuspecting users.
How to Spot Phishing Attempts
Phishing attacks can be spotted by looking for warning signs like:
- Generic salutations
- Urgent requests for private information
- Unrecognized attachments
- Links that don’t match the text of the email
- Offers of gifts, deals, rewards, or prizes in exchange for divulging personal information
By being aware and taking the time to scrutinize messages before responding with sensitive data, people can significantly reduce their likelihood of falling into the trap of cybercriminals. Athreon’s AutoPhish solution educates your staff on how to identify and handle email phishing attempts.
Benefits of Phishing Simulations
Phishing simulations are a valuable tool for businesses as they can help to raise cyber security awareness training among staff and reduce instances of data breaches. By simulating realistic phishing attacks, companies can help employees to understand the methods attackers use and teach them how to strengthen their defenses against such threats. These simulations can also give business leaders valuable insights into which areas of their security need improvement, allowing them to make more informed decisions when developing data protection policies. What’s more, regular staff testing enables businesses to ensure that employees stay up-to-date with the latest cybersecurity threats so they can provide extra guidance where needed.
Risk Management and Phishing Simulations
Phishing simulations are increasingly crucial for companies seeking to lessen the risk of sophisticated cyberattacks. Organizations are at increased risk of devastating data breaches without a comprehensive phishing simulation program. An effective security awareness training program should include simulated phishing emails that engage and educate employees on security threats. Although tackling these challenges may appear daunting, they don’t have to be. Plus, the risk of not phishing your staff can be even more devastating. IBM reports that the average cost per breach exceeded $9 million in the United States in 2022. The cost associated with deploying a phishing simulation program pales in comparison to the cost of not doing so.