Sometimes I like to watch the fishermen out on the lake. They get up incredibly early, launch their boats and patiently cast their line with various types of bait hoping to catch a fish. I’m not sure what the percentage of casts to bites is, but I see them continually casting the line and only occasionally do I see them catching a fish. Of course, the good days when the fish are biting makes it all worthwhile.
There is another type of phisherman (I made that word up) that is currently casting their lures and baits in your email inbox that is much more successful—the statistic is almost 30% successful! That means almost one in three of your team members are taking the bait. So, what can you do about it? Many companies choose the “Do Nothing Approach” where the organization conducts no Security Awareness Training. While some other companies utilize the “Break Room Approach” where employees are gathered for a lunch or special meeting and told what to avoid when surfing the Web, in emails from unknown sources, etc. The problem with these two methods is that they don’t reduce the risk enough to keep up with the extremely sophisticated and ever improving baits and deceptions that our teams are exposed to.
It’s time to implement “Security Awareness Training” for your staff. Simply by training your team, we can drop the risk statistic from about 30% to less than 2%. We begin by training your team through automated online training campaigns. The process includes many different tactics that together will drastically reduce your risk. We create very real looking phishing email campaigns which expose them to safe simulated emails and then report the results. Next, we send regular “Tips and Hints” along with periodic ongoing training and testing. There is much more to the training program and I invite you to contact us for more information.
We are now at an all-time high for security risks, the need for “Security Awareness Training” is evident, and the time to begin really is right now. Please pass this information on to your decision makers to help protect your organization. Don’t let the bad guys win!