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Cyber security education service launched

Story from: CAJ News Africa

Cybersecurity_imageBy GIFT NDOLWANE,JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – CORPORATE cyber security education efforts have received a major boost following the launch of an offering to address such setbacks by the leading pan-African telecommunications service provider, Internet Solutions.The offering, PhishNet, allows security teams to launch authentic phishing campaigns to their colleagues and bolstering training.“Even in a company with a vibrant, happy, positive office culture, employee behaviour is one of the biggest risks to cybersecurity,” said Sean Nourse, Chief Solutions Officer at Internet Solutions.
“Phishing attacks are increasingly sophisticated and they target individuals, so proactive employee education is an important element of a holistic cybersecurity strategy.”
Internet Solutions recently tested the efficacy of phishing by sending a PhishNet campaign to a list of IT-savvy contacts.Despite deliberate spelling errors, an outdated logo and a questionable subject line, a staggering 40 percent of recipients clicked the phishing link contained in the email.“This test clearly demonstrated that everyone is vulnerable to phishing,not only people who are technologically-inexperienced,” said Nourse.“We can be negligent and distracted using our personal devices, and we’re no different when using company laptops, mobile phones and tablets.”Phishing remains one of the most popular forms of cybercrime because it is
highly profitable – it is easy to distribute thousands of emails that appear legitimate, and it offers returns in the form of banking PINs,credit card details, passwords, compromising personal information,confidential company and client information, or installation of malware or ransomware.

–CAJ News

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