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Let’s punish phishing victims… er, you want to do what?!

Let’s punish phishing victims… er, you want to do what?!

There is a big, hairy elephant in the room when it comes to phishing: Many organisations believe that it’s okay, or right, or that they have no choice other than to punish people who repeatedly fail phishing simulations. Are they right? Before we answer that, let’s...

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In the absence of a secure culture, reducing cyber risk could be impossible

In the absence of a secure culture, reducing cyber risk could be impossible

To understand why it might be impossible to reduce human cyber risk without a secure culture, it’s worth considering a series of experiments from the world of behavioural science.The experiments weren’t designed to uncover security insights. Rather, they were designed to demonstrate quirks in human behaviour. Specifically, they were designed to reveal why people sometimes “cheat”.

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Phishing Training: an intelligent approach

Phishing Training: an intelligent approach

Broadly speaking, most phishing training works in more or less the same way. An automated tool sends simulated phishing and spear phishing simulations to those within your organisation. The simulations fool some, but not others. The tests reveal precisely who has been...

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The two most common phishing scams that affect UK businesses

The two most common phishing scams that affect UK businesses

Phishing scams evolve constantly. Don’t they?

On the one hand, yes. Sophisticated cyber criminals are very much aware that, once a phishing scam becomes well known, its potency falls. So, over time, phishing scams adapt and evolve.

On the other hand, the the nuts and bolts of phishing scams are surprisingly static. On the whole, phishing attacks are quick, cheap and disastrously effective. Knowing this, criminals rarely tweak the inner workings of their phishing scams all that much.

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How can phishing affect a business?

How can phishing affect a business?

The consequences of phishing can be severe…

It’s widely reported, for example, that tech giants including Facebook and Google sent as much as $100m directly to criminals following a spear phishing campaign that went on for more than two years.

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Why Phishing Training Is Important

Why Phishing Training Is Important

In 2017, an email prankster targeted the White House.

The prankster’s goal was simple: to trick White House staff into responding to fraudulent emails for nothing more than a cheap thrill. With little to gain from the endeavour, the prankster’s efforts were basic.

The trickster wrote a simple email purporting to be from Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. He sent it off to Tom Bossert (at the time Homeland Security Advisor). And he waited to see if the security advisor would respond.

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Can phishing be prevented?

Can phishing be prevented?

As phishing filters are far from perfect, can phishing ever really be prevented?

Today, with phishing attacks on the rise and the cyber threat landscape constantly evolving, most companies employ some form of technological phishing filter to help prevent phishing.

Such filters typically rely on machine learning to check and categorise incoming emails and, after doing, prevent suspicious emails from making it into corporate inboxes.

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How to identify a phishing email

How to identify a phishing email

You’ve received an email. As no phishing filter can keep out 100% of all phishing attacks, there’s a chance the email could be malicious – no matter what it looks like. How do you check whether or not the email is a phishing attack?   Step 1: Is the email...

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5 ways to get more from cyber security awareness campaigns

5 ways to get more from cyber security awareness campaigns

Incredibly, traditional cyber security awareness training may actually decrease security awareness. Here’s how to ensure your security awareness campaigns increase resilience. Last year, researchers looking into the security of mobile devices inadvertently uncovered...

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Why are phishing attacks successful?

Why are phishing attacks successful?

Phishing attacks often seem rudimentary. With their spelling and grammar errors, blurry replicas of company logos and conspicuous twists on sender names, they should be easy to spot, shouldn’t they? So why is it, instead of dying down, phishing attacks are on the...

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How are phishing attacks used in identity theft?

How are phishing attacks used in identity theft?

People are more likely to be a victim of identity theft than any other type of cybercrime… and phishing can be a precursor In order to steal your identity, criminals need to get hold of your personal information. That’s all it really takes to begin opening bank...

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Are phishing attacks on the rise?

Are phishing attacks on the rise?

In 2018, some reports suggest the number of phishing attacks are falling. Is that really the case? Phishing attacks have been on the rise for a long time now. According to the UK government’s most recent cyber security breaches survey, they cause more data breaches...

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Measuring The Effectiveness of Security Awareness Training

Measuring The Effectiveness of Security Awareness Training

Online security awareness training is now the most popular form of security awareness training in the world. As we noted here, that’s good news when it comes to measuring the effectiveness of security awareness training. Offline, things aren’t so easy to track....

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Ten key topics to cover in cyber security awareness training

Ten key topics to cover in cyber security awareness training

The scope of cyber security awareness training continues to increase. While the below list of topics to include in awareness training is far from exhaustive, each should be a foundational pillar of security awareness campaigns. Building campaigns around the below can...

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7 reasons why security awareness training is important

7 reasons why security awareness training is important

In 2018 data breaches cost UK organisations an average of £6.4 million.
Human error, meanwhile, accounted for anywhere between 60% and 90% of those breaches.
Those facts alone are usually enough to convince people security awareness training is important.

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Security Awareness Training: The Old Definition and the New

Security Awareness Training: The Old Definition and the New

At the time of writing, Google tells us security awareness training is “a formal process for educating employees about computer security.”You can bet it’s a prevalent definition: the search engine sifts through every indexed web page ever written on the topic to return the single, succinct and simple sentence.

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