Stop your employees from taking the bait

How to reduce the risk of phishing-type cyberattacks

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Phishing Awareness

Did you spot it? Or would you have gone ahead and logged in?

It’s ok, you don’t need to tell us. But if you needed a second look, you’ll have seen that the URL is a giveaway: this is a phishing attempt. And if you were deceived by it, you would not have been the only one.

How many of your employees do you think would have gone ahead and filled in their details?

Studies show that 25% of employees are quick to click on phishing email links, and 50% of those submit information (such as credentials) in web forms.

Humans are the weakest link

Hackers know that people are the weakest link in any cyber security strategy, so they exploit human nature to trick your employees into giving away vital information. It’s easy to become distracted, maybe trying to finish one last task before the meeting starts. Or to do things automatically, especially if you’re having one of those mornings when it’s one meeting after another.

A single set of login details may not seem like much, but a phishing attack that starts small can lead to all kinds of harm, such as the installation of ransomware, system sabotage, or data theft. The results can damage your operations, your credibility, and – ultimately – your bottom line.

In the USA, the FBI received over 323,972 complaints of phishing-type attacks in 2021, up from just over 241,000 in 2020, with financial losses reaching a staggering $6.9 billion.

Phishing awareness plays a crucial role in preventing attacks

In theory, all you need to do to protect your organization from phishing attempts is to give your employees the right cyber security training, right?

In an ideal world, maybe.

The trouble with training is that the effects tend to wear off over time. People become complacent, they forget, new team members join, ways of working change… and your risk of exposure to cyberattacks starts to escalate as other priorities become front of mind.

By running regular phishing awareness campaigns, you’ll reduce the risk of employees falling for scam emails and links.

You can easily keep phishing awareness front and center by using Libraesva PhishBrain. Use it to send out realistic ‘fake phishing’ emails to measure the level of risk in your business. Find out who’s clicking on what and where, so you can identify where the greatest areas of risk are in your business, gauge the effectiveness of training efforts, and foster more security-conscious practices and behaviours right across your organization.

Any size business can use PhishBrain

We’ve made it easy for you to set up, schedule and send realistic phishing emails and landing pages to the target groups of your choice.  Once your campaign has run, PhishBrain reports the results the way you want them: individually, by team or location, or for your company as a whole.

Being able to map out and quantify performance this way enables you to understand your vulnerability, track progress, measure improvement and sustain best practice.

“Measure everything, because everything that is measured and watched improves.”
Bob Parsons – entrepreneur, billionaire and philanthropist, founder of GoDaddy

Next steps:

Small team with 5 mailboxes or less?
Good news, you can use PhishBrain free, with no hidden cost or commitment.

More than 5 mailboxes in your organization?
No problem – use our free subscription for five mailboxes and see how PhishBrain works for yourself.