Phishing is one of the most dangerous, yet successful forms of cyber threats to SMEs. Hackers pretend to be trustworthy entities such as clients, colleagues, IT departments or suppliers, and trick you into disclosing sensitive information. According to a survey by Sophos, 41% of businesses reported phishing attacks daily, and over 77% experienced attacks at least once per month.
More than 54% of businesses in the UK have reported an increase in email-based phishing attacks; but only 7% of UK businesses train employees regularly to spot phishing emails. Employees are the last line in cyber defence, but often the weakest link in the chain. While some SMEs have security protocols in place, training is required for the majority as they are still clicking their way into the cyber attackers net.
What you can do to stop your staff falling for phishing attacks
1. Educate your staff
Without proper training and awareness, even the most tech-savvy employees will fall for phishing. Training employees on the dangers is one of the best ways to protect your business from cyber criminals. This involves training staff on how to recognise a phishing email, and what should be done when they receive one. Frequently simulate attacks on your staff, to assess their vulnerability. From there you can enrol them in online training to educate them on how to recognise threats in the future.
2. Outsource your training and security to m3 Networks
One of the best ways to strengthen security and improve cyber awareness among employees is by outsourcing security needs to an IT support and service provider. At m3 Networks, we have a robust methodology to protect your business and employees from an attack. Below is an overview of our process:
The Training Process at m3 Networks
- Baseline All Users: We research your business and send targeted emails to all employees. Typically, we will see 30% of users fail the initial test. This gives us an indication of your vulnerability.
- Online Training: All employees undertake fun, interactive, online security awareness training.
- Regular Phishing Tests: By regularly phishing all users, we ensure they remain vigilant and apply the skills learned in training. Any users that fail tests are auto-enrolled into further training.
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