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Why are phishing attacks successful?

Phishing attacks often seem rudimentary. With their spelling and grammar errors, blurry replicas of company logos and conspicuous twists on sender names, they should be easy to spot, shouldn’t they?

So why is it, instead of dying down, phishing attacks are on the rise?

Why is it phishing emails are more likely to cause a breach than any other form of cyber attack?

Why are phishing attacks successful?

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How are phishing attacks used in identity theft?

In order to steal your identity, criminals need to get hold of your personal information. That’s all it really takes to begin opening bank accounts, applying for credit cards and even obtaining false identity documents in your name.

Cyber criminals use a number of techniques to steal personal information – but among the most common is phishing.

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Are phishing attacks on the rise?

Phishing attacks have been on the rise for a long time now.

According to the UK government’s most recent cyber security breaches survey, they cause more data breaches than any other type of cyber attack – and they have done for a long time.

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Why security awareness training sometimes fails – and what you can do about it

To demonstrate why security awareness training so often fails, it’s worth conducting a quick thought experiment.

Imagine you’re a smoker and, one day, you find out you’re genetically susceptible to lung cancer. Thanks to your genes, you’re two-three times more likely to contract lung cancer than the average person.

The elevated risk has nothing to do with your record of smoking – but continuing to smoke increases the risks even further.

Given the situation, do you think you’d be more or less likely to quit smoking than other smokers?

Studies shows that, actually, you’d be just as likely to continue smoking as others. Your new knowledge wouldn’t change your behaviour.

Could this also be why security awareness training sometimes fails?

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Measuring The Effectiveness of Security Awareness Training

Online security awareness training is now the most popular form of security awareness training in the world. As we noted here, that’s good news when it comes to measuring the effectiveness of security awareness training.

Offline, things aren’t so easy to track. However, online it’s possible to see who is doing what where and when. It’s little surprise, then, that measuring the effectiveness of online security awareness training has been chiselled onto the agendas of CISOs for some time.

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Ten key topics to cover in cyber security awareness training

The scope of cyber security awareness training continues to increase. While the below list of topics to include in awareness training is far from exhaustive, each should be a foundational pillar of security awareness campaigns. Building campaigns around the below can decrease the risk of cyber attack – especially when campaigns account for the ABC of cyber security.

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