Simulated phishing is vital for raising awareness and providing training, playing a crucial role in ensuring organisational security. By replicating real-life phishing attacks, organisations can educate employees on recognising and responding to potential threats. These exercises contribute significantly to fostering a security-conscious culture within the organisation.
Phishing is a growing concern, and most individuals likely know someone who has fallen victim to a phishing attack or has received suspicious emails themselves. It is widely acknowledged that phishing attempts, combined with human error, account for a significant portion of cyberattacks and are responsible for over half of successful breaches.
Maintaining awareness among employees is essential. Without consistently testing and exposing them to simulated phishing emails, it is difficult to ascertain their ability to identify and refrain from opening fraudulent emails. By regularly conducting such tests, organizations can increase their confidence in their team’s ability to detect and handle potential threats. Failing to do so can result in significant costs and disruptions if an incident occurs.
Simulated phishing exercises also instil confidence in suppliers and customers, as they can be assured that the organisation is actively testing its employees’ vigilance. Employees, in turn, become more confident in identifying suspicious emails and promptly reporting them. Numerous studies have shown improvements in businesses that implement simulated phishing programs, with charts and metrics demonstrating the effectiveness of such initiatives.
In summary, organisations should seriously consider implementing phishing exercises as part of their security measures. There are various methods available, including automation and pre-built software, to facilitate these exercises. At Synergos, we have extensive experience working with multiple businesses that conduct simulated phishing, and we also perform internal testing. If you’re interested, please reach out to us via email or phone. We appreciate businesses that take a proactive approach to their security.
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