Your Ultimate Guide to Phishing Simulations

What is a Phishing Simulation

A Phishing simulation is a technique to test your team's response to suspicious emails. This is done by luring them into interacting with harmless emails that are created in a controlled environment. They might be asked to open an attachment, click a link, or give personal information - or anything a real world phishing email would ask. 

Doing this trains the brain to improve user response on email safety. Doing Phishing Simulations in a controlled environment shows you what percentage of your staff is at risk and who specifically is most at risk and corrects their behavior. 

Why do a Phishing Simulation

The FBI estimates that over $12 Billion has been stolen in the past 5 years due to phishing, and that number continues to clime. These attacks have hit everyone from top tech companies to mom-and-pops. 

Phishing Simulations enable your employees to make smarter security decisions and become an internal defense system. 

The fact of the matter is, old-school awareness training does not cut it anymore. Scammers have gotten more and more savvy. Your email filters have a ~10% failure rate; The best way to combat this is creating a strong human firewall. 

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Example of Phishing Simulations In Action

A recent client found that more than 17% of their employees fell for a phishing scam. Luckily, this was a controlled scam using Calance's platform. The company made it a requirement for all employees to undergo security training. After 5 months of training, the percentage of employees that fell for similar scams dropped to 0.7%. 

Not only did employees become more vigilant, but there became an open line of communication between IT and employees. The staff felt more comfortable bringing possible scams to the IT team's attention.

Why Calance for Phishing Simulations?

Calance's platform is a new method of awareness training that keeps your users on their toes. With this new-school integrated platform you can train and phish your users, see their Phish-prone percentage™ and their Risk Score improve over time and get measurable results.

You get on-demand, interactive, engaging training through the browser combined with unlimited simulated social engineering attacks through email, phone and text.

Your Calance subscription gives you access to the world’s largest security awareness training library with always-fresh content, via the unique ModStore.

You can choose from dozens of categories with thousands of real-world, known-to-work phishing templates in 38 languages that give you the most realistic phishing test environment available on the market.

With our platform you can use unique features like the Smart Groups for ad-hoc reporting, our Automated Security Awareness Program to create your fully mature, customized program, and the powerful Active Directory Integration for easy and fast user management.

When your users start reporting more “phishy” emails through the free Phish Alert Button, you can now add PhishER, which allows your Incident Response team to quickly identify and respond to email threats faster.

The innovative Virtual Risk Officer (VRO) functionality shows your Risk Score by employee, group, and your whole organization. Additionally, you have the new Advanced Reporting feature which dramatically expands instant detailed reporting on a host of key awareness training indicators.

About 30 percent of data breaches are caused by repeat offenders from within the organization. It highlights a continued problem: Risk accumulates over time when proper education and reporting do not happen. 

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