You can never know how prepared you are for a cyberattack until you simulate a real attack and assess where your security holes might be. Almost all cyberattacks come through “phishing”, or the sending of emails that trick someone in your organization into clicking on a malicious link and opening up the back door of your system to the bad guys. ThreatAdvice can assist you in assessing your cyber preparedness with our Phish Simulator, which will allow you to actually send phantom attacks and see where your overall enterprise stands in terms of cyber awareness and preparedness. Until you know where your weaknesses are, you can’t develop a plan to strengthen them!
The majority of successful data breaches start with a successful phishing attack. Your employees are the cybercriminals’ entry point to all the data that your business wants to protect, that’s why phishing prevention should be a critical part of your business plan.
So how strong is your employee defense against cybercriminals? Find out with a Phishing Email Test from ThreatAdvice.
ThreatAdvice’s phishing email test will actively phish your employees and provide you a report that determines which employees are your weak links and who might need more cybersecurity education training. (Spoiler alert-probably everyone except your IT staff, and even they might need a refresher.) Once your weaknesses are identified, you can begin phishing education awareness to ensure all employees are equipped to identify a phishing attack and respond appropriately.
While you are waiting to receive your company’s customized phishing test, here are some phishing education awareness tips to share with your employees as to how they can help to prevent phishing attacks.
A favorite phishing tactic among cybercriminals is to spoof the display name of an email.
This fraudulent email, once delivered, appears legitimate because most user inboxes only present the display name. Don’t trust the display name. Check the email address in the header from — if it looks suspicious, don’t open the email.
Hover your mouse over any links embedded in the body of the email. If the link address looks weird, don’t click on it. If you want to test the link, open a new window and type in website address directly rather than clicking on the link from unsolicited emails.
Brands are serious about email. Legitimate messages usually do not have major spelling mistakes or poor grammar. Read your emails carefully and report anything that seems suspicious.
More often than not, most companies will not provide a link for your login information. Real emails will encourage you to visit the company’s website on your own and login how you usually do. They won’t ask for personal information in a link in the email.
If you do find that you need more training, ThreatAdvice can conduct ongoing phishing simulations for your company, just call us at 800-915-3381 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.