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17 November 2021 / Facts

What is anti-phishing training?

Phished offers businesses and (public) organisations the tools to train their employees in cybersecurity topics and to give them a greater awareness of the digital dangers. An important aspect of this is anti-phishing training.


Phished's AI-driven platform focuses on strengthening the human line of defence against digital dangers. To achieve this, simulated phishing training for your staff is key: after all, most cybersecurity breaches stem from a misjudgement of the phishing dangers.

Phishing Awareness Training?

Anti-phishing awareness training helps people to drastically reduce that error rate by giving them a solid foundation. All malware that targets people gets in via different types of phishing attacks. By exposing employees to all possible phishing variants, in a safe and controlled environment, they will recognise the real dangers when they occur.

Greater cybersecurity awareness starts with thorough anti-phishing awareness training. Viruses, malware, ransomware, etc. come in two varieties: one that tries to worm its way through technical security measures (firewalls, anti-spam, etc.) and one that focuses exclusively on people. It is this second type that poses the greatest danger today: 90% of all cyber breaches start with human error.

Why Anti-Phishing Training is important

Thorough cybersecurity workshops have an expiration date. While participants will believe they'll have learnt all they need to know to be safe from cyber dangers, the opposite is true. After less than six months, every part of the training will have been forgotten, but the (over)confidence remains. Anti-phishing training not only reminds recipients of what the dangers look like, it also serves as a periodic overview of new and trending threats.

Whit regular simulated phishing training, recipients are better aware of the many types of danger on the internet, while the necessary skills they need to recognise them remain fresh in their minds.

How is Phishing Training done?

Offering your co-workers anti-phishing training does not have to be hard work, nor does it have to be expensive. But you will seldom have both. There are many free tools available that will help you set up a phishing simulation and help you analyse the results. Of course, this may be time-intensive, rather generic and without personalisation per recipient.

That doesn't mean, however, that they are useless. The most important thing in phishing training is repetition: people getting hands-on with possible fraudulent messages, recognising them and knowing how to deal with them. Practical experience will help them a lot more than a Powerpoint presentation once every year.

Of course, it is possible to combine both ease-of-use and affordability. But more on that later.

How effective is Anti-Phishing Training?

Whenever we set up a first phishing test with new clients, we find that up to 50% of all employees fall into the phishing trap. Every department/job title/gender proves to be as susceptible as the others. After just one year on the Phished platform, this number will drop to below 5%. People can never be without flaws, and they will always make errors, but such a significant drop in vulnerability already greatly diminishes many risks of data, money and reputational loss.

Phished's anti-phishing training includes traditional phishing, vishing and smishing, as well as targeted spear phishing awareness training. Through internal phishing campaigns, employees are prepared for all possible dangers, so they learn the right reflexes to better protect themselves and their organisation. Those who still get caught can go to the Phished Academy. You can learn more about this here.

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