Last updated: 19.10.12

Inspired eLearning offers online training in phishing solutions

Inspired eLearning has launched a new security awareness and risk assessment programme to provide businesses with online training on phishing.

PhishProof offers organisations tighter control over emails and helps them to recognise potential threats through services such as data import, comprehensive support, graphic design for educational packages and a pre-built selection of phishing emails.

It also provides information on management of phishing assessments, report generation and tailored recommendations from implementation experts.

Martin Rico, chief executive officer of Inspired eLearning, said the course addresses the problem of hackers who know the best way to get around even the most efficient of technical defences.

"When it comes to protecting an organisation from phishing attacks, you have to rely on your end users and so you have to train them. In general, we think the best kind of training in this case is simulation," he added.

Consequently, the company has created a simulation-focused online training programme with assessments based around ready-made phishing emails.

The PhishProof course uses a video-based training component that introduces workers to common phishing techniques and the best practices to safeguard against risks.

Once the initial module is complete, false phishing emails will be sent to employees' inboxes, which when clicked on will redirect them to a landing page providing tips on identifying scams.

According to Mr Rico, learners who actively experience superficial attacks through the course and go through the necessary actions required to prevent future violations will be more likely to do so in a real-life scenario.

He stated: "Running phishing assessments is a great way to build awareness, modify behaviors and inoculate end users from phishing attacks."

These assessments can be delivered monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly from over 30 customisable email templates inspired by genuine phishing reports, which include social media account password changes, airline ticket confirmations and system administrator messages.

Phishing levels reached an all-time high in April this year, with the number of brands falling victim to the crimes hitting 428 since the beginning of the year, as noted by the Anti-Phishing Working Group.