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Latest Attack Trends: Why Employees get Hooked by Phishing Emails

Phishing (including spear phishing), persists as the #1 attack vector used by hackers today – and they continue to launch more sophisticated tactics to gain access to corporate networks and assets. But, did you know these alarming statistics?

-87% of the employees who opened a phishing simulation email did so on the same day it was sent – which means organizations have little time to catch a targeted attack aimed at multiple employees
-Behavioral conditioning decreased susceptible employees’ likelihood to respond to malicious email by 97% after just 4 simulations
-The most effective phishing emails contain a business communication theme and subject line, such as “File from Scanner” or “Unauthorized Activity/Access”

This webinar, based on PhishMe’s recently released Enterprise Phishing Susceptibility Report, will help you understand how complexity and context impact the phishing susceptibility of employees in an organization, and how a continuous security training program has proven to significantly change employee security behavior. This data was collected from our study conducted with 400+ customers across 23 industries by sending over 8 million phishing-simulation emails to more than 3.5 million employees.
Recorded Jan 21 2016 60 mins
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John ‘Lex’ Robinson, Principal Client Engagement Manager, PhishMe & John Washko, Product Manager, PhishMe
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    Attend this webinar to learn why responders are drowning in emails instead of hunting real threats. See why they’re betting on automation whilst we know, tech alone won’t stop threats from getting through and wreaking serious havoc. Learn what rapid changes and investments your peers are planning to turn the tide against phishing and protect their organisations.

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    In 2016, spear-phishing attacks rose 55%, Ransomware attacks grew 4X and Business Email Compromise (BEC) losses skyrocketed 1300%.

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    John ‘Lex’ Robinson, Principal Client Engagement Manager at PhishMe
    Phishing (including spear phishing), persists as the #1 attack vector used by hackers today. So far in 2016, spear-phishing attacks are up 55%, Ransomware attacks are up 4X and Business Email Compromise (BEC) losses are up 1300%.

    PhishMe analyzed customer responses to over 56 million simulated phishing emails sent between 2015-2016 to identify various phishing susceptibility trends amongst employees. Join John “Lex” Robinson, Principal Client Engagement Manager to learn more about –

    · Emotional motivators that cause employees to be more susceptible to phishing emails

    · How baselining phishing risk to your organization improves your threat response.

    · The value of repetition in changing user behaviors from susceptibility to reporting.
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    •Provide recommendations on how security teams can refine the email events in their enterprise into valuable threat intelligence
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    •How simple attacks can still inflict massive harm
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    Nick Hayes, Senior Analyst, Forrester Research | Rohyt Belani, Founder & CEO, PhishMe
    For too long the human element has been wildly underutilized in protecting valuable assets and defending against prolific cyber-attacks. Security awareness initiatives are often sporadic, employing uninspired materials that yield little to no results – ultimately rendering security technologies useless due to easily avoidable human mistakes. A continued focus on security awareness alone is a plan doomed to fail. Instead, by shifting our focus to conditioning workforce behaviors through immersive experiences, security best practices become ingrained in daily workflow, helping to not only recognize and report on attack attempts, but weaponizing human intelligence to assist security operations, incident response and security event management in eliminating phishing threats.

    Join guest speaker Nick Hayes, security analyst at Forrester Research, and Rohyt Belani, CEO and co-founder of PhishMe, as they demonstrate how building the right defense programs and teams can effectively change security culture, evolving from awareness to sophisticated strategies that achieve real results. In this webinar, you’ll learn:

    •Why security awareness alone is failing the enterprise
    •How to unlock the power of human driven intelligence
    •Tips on speeding incident response
  • Why you need Phishing Incident Response Recorded: Jul 12 2016 42 mins
    William Galway, Director of Product Management, PhishMe, Jesse Lands, Triage Security Engineering Manager, PhishMe
    Even with all your processes and technology in place, phishing attacks containing ransomware and other malware continue to penetrate your defenses. With 91% of all attacks on enterprise networks being the result of successful phishing attempts, organizations need an efficient and effective phishing incident response plan.

    PhishMe Triage enables SOC and IR teams to quickly process and analyze real phishing threats to their organizations. PhishMe Triage customers have been able to quickly find and remediate attacks in progress and improve phishing threat analysis efficiency from hours to mere minutes. PhishMe Triage also frees up the manual resources previously needed to process the thousands of malicious emails reported by employees.
    Join PhishMe experts to learn more:
    - How PhishMe Triage creates fast and effective phishing incident response process
    - Real customer use cases and successes using PhishMe Triage
    - PhishMe Triage integration with multiple security solutions
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    Brendan Griffin, Threat Intelligence Manager, PhishMe
    During the first quarter of 2016, the PhishMe Intelligence team generated 612 Active Threat Reports detailing waves of phishing emails that delivered malware to victims around the world each day. What stood out the most was the proliferation of encryption ransomware. It has grown to become the most common type of malware utilized through soft targeting and massively distributed attacks. This webcast will discuss the spread of ransomware and why it is so successful. Join Brendan Griffin, Senior Threat Intelligence Analyst, PhishMe to learn about:

    •Trends in ransomware
    •Tactics used to bypass your defenses
    •Stopping the threat
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