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Security Awareness Training- The Importance of Phishing Your Users

Whether your company has ten employees or one thousand, the risk of social engineering attacks is always relevant in today’s world. Users receive hundreds of spam emails per day, and although most of these emails are filtered out by current advanced filtering, some emails still slip through the cracks and are a large threat to your users. Some users click on all links or attachments found within emails. Others never click a link unless it is confirmed to be legitimate by the sender.

Phishing your users using custom phishing emails created by someone within your organization will make users more aware of what they are clicking on. Most users who click on a phishing link will never do it again. It’s better to have that one click be on an email your company created that will do no harm, than an email that could cost your company thousands of dollars.

The risk associated with phishing emails has only increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic. IBM reported that between March and April of this year, they saw a 6,000% increase in spam attacks, and many of these attacks leveraged the current situation around the world involving the pandemic. Now it is more important than ever to make sure that your users will not fall for these types of scams.  Creating your own tests that your users can learn from is one of the best ways to do so. 



Sources: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/07/12/hospitals-see-rise-patient-data-hacking-attacks-during-covid-19/5403402002/


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