Anti-Phishing: Factors to Consider When Planning, Developing and Implementing Phishing Awareness Training

By Randi Sherman

Security awareness training is very broad in scope, but essentially it amounts to creating a formalized environment for familiarizing and educating employees about proper procedures for protecting a company from intrusion and theft. Properly designed, it should ensure that all workers understand corporate policies and procedures for using company assets in a secure and conscientious manner. That being said, phishing is a black art. It is designed to trick otherwise conscientious employees into doing something that they would never ordinarily consider. Phishing poses a unique problem to corporate security. In many cases, employees have abrogated their responsibilities, operating under the mistaken impression that filters remove all incoming threats from e-mails. This is a notion that we need to do away with; phishing awareness education is the key.

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