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The phishing risk
Nowadays, phishing emails are a cause for concern for everyone: citizens, governments, organisations large and small, etc.
According to Europol, criminals use phishing emails, and mostly spear-phishing attacks, as the primary infection vector in 65% of targeted attacks (Europol, 2019). One data breach out of three involves phishing. Ransomware, fraud, and (personal) data leakage are the three main risks behind phishing. It is one of the primary concerns of our clients and, consequently, phishing prevention is the most requested solution in our security awareness offering.
We bring our unique experience and knowledge to bear in the psychology of phishing, education and cybersecurity to tailor the security awareness program to your organisation’s cultures and to maximise the results.
We use a three-step approach to mitigate the risks relating to phishing:
The first thing we have to do is to make sure we reduce our exposure to phishing to a minimum. Our Cybersecurity consultants will help you configure your systems to filter out most phishing emails.
For more details, Read the chapter 2 of our Cybersecurity story
We need to train our users to spot phishing emails. First, they must learn to think before clicking.
For some of us, reading email has become a habit, and it triggers an automated response: click. Some professionals say phishing is about influence, but this overlooks the fact that a social event occurs in a context. The context defines the way we will react. That is why we need to train people in context. Like the flu, phishing emails come in different strains. We have to train users in all such varieties so as to enable to detect and fight anything the criminals will throw at them. As with any training, rapid feedback to the users when they notice a phishing email is vital, as it will help them improve. It should also be progressive and tailored to our population.
The following elements are essential for a return on security investment (ROSI):
- Having a reliable measurement of progress (not just comparing the results of the monthly tests),
- Selecting the relevant scenarios for your user’s context,
- Planning exercises to increase difficulty progressively, and
- Performing the phishing exercises regularly.
We provide managed phishing exercises services to help you achieve this objective.
We have partnered with the best solution providers of the market, like KnowBe4, to combine our expertise with their platform and vast choices of security awareness material.
For more details about our human-centric security framework, read the chapter 3 of our cybersecurity story
Humans have limited resources and energy. The same applies to threat detection.
With a few nudges, our Cybersecurity experts will help you tweak your environment to make it easier to detect malicious emails so as to reduce risks, limit the stress of the users and preserve your productivity.
For more details, see Chapter 4 of our cybersecurity story
Sending simulated phishing emails is more than just a way to test our risk exposure. It is a cost-effective procedure to train our users.
Why partner with Approach?
Take advantage of our unique cybersecurity expertise and a human-centric approach to face the increasing phishing risks efficiently!
- Reduce your phishing risks efficiently
- Get your teams ready and engaged to face the growing risks
- Demonstrate the return on security investments
- Our unique experience and knowledge in the psychology of phishing, education and cybersecurity
- Deep expertise and a holistic approach to cybersecurity
- Our integrated solution that brings together our expertise with best-in-class solutions like Knowbe4
Approach, your cyber security partner
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