Next-Level IT has added Phishing Attack Simulations and Security Education for your company and end-users to our suite of tools! These tools will help educate your security knowledge and help your employees identify phishing scams and other electronic threats we continue to face on a regular basis.

Why Phish Attack Simulations and Cyber Security Training?  Most malicious activity targeted against companies comes through email. Phishing tactics have evolved from a generic file attachment in an email to mimicking legitimate sites your company uses daily. Employees without proper training can be fooled into entering their login credentials for office 365, allowing the threat actor to access company email that may hold customer information or private company info. Or worse, to fool an employee to install malicious software that may steal login information to financial institutions or deploy ransomware in your environment, causing downtime or loss of company data.

Next-Level IT believes in empowering employees with positive enforcement, and having them think about cyber security creates the most prominent Intrusion Detection your company can have. Enabling employees to be conscious about securing company data and information is the best defense for preventing unauthorized access to company information.

What is a phishing email? In an actual phish attack, an employee would receive an email which appears to be from a member of your organization, a client or customer of yours, or even a vendor that you frequently work with. If an employees clicks a phishing email they can have their login information stolen, malicious software installed on their computer, or even be coerced into purchasing gift cards and sending the information to the attacker. Typically phishing emails are disguised as someone that the recipient may know and the ultimate goal is to obtain critical company information or install malicious software, All of which would provide the attacker with a form of financial compensation.

What is a Phishing attack simulation? Phishing attack Simulations are a way to strengthen your employee’s ability to identify threats against your organization. In an attack simulation, templated emails are sent to your end users which attempt to get the recipient to provide a user name or password or click on a link that should not be clicked on. In a simulation, all of these emails are benign and will not cause any harm. If a user is identified as one that may click on a phishing email, follow up security education training material would be provided.

How does a Phishing attack simulation work? To start a phishing attack simulation, we work with you to  collect every employee’s email address. Once we import those emails into our system, it will then email these employees using templates that mimic actual Phishing emails and tactics. The Phishing Simulation can last a week or run continuously throughout the year. Emails sent can be staggered with various phish templates so that multiple employees won’t receive the same Phish email at once.
At the end of every simulation, a generated report will be provided, giving you an overview of the simulation. Allowing you to determine what employees are most at risk when a phishing email comes through.

What happens after a simulation is run? In the event that an employee or user is identified as one who might fall victim to a phish email, we can also incorporate Security Education into the Phishing attack simulation. The report provided at the end of the phishing simulation will include training statistics per employee.

What other types of security education can you provide? We now offer over 400 various education materials for cyber security. The numerous templates and topics we offer can be incorporated into a phishing simulation or separately as an education campaign. Topics cover best password practices when creating passwords, Phishing emails, HIPPA education, Malware & Ransomware, Social Media Risks, and Social Engineering Awareness. Education materials vary from a simple facts image sent in an email, a short non-interactive video, an interactive video or quiz having the employee answer questions, or lengthy videos over 30 minutes long. Reports can be provided on any quiz results or interactive training material employees take as well as the option to provide a certificate to the end user.

Like Phishing Simulations, we will collect a list of your organization’s employees’ emails. We can provide one-time training to the group or individual employees and stagger numerous training materials throughout the year, cycling through a selection of pre-selected training template topics you wish to educate employees on.

Additionally, we can also offer custom training materials with your company’s logo on the page or video, tailoring your employee’s experience regarding company-provided training on cyber security.

Contact Next-Level IT today for a demo of this product!