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Spear Phishing attack simulations

Some of the most famous cybercrimes in recent history — such as the attacks on significant banking groups, media organizations and even security firms started with merely one person. Spear phishing is on the rise because it works. Traditional security defenses simply do not detect and stop it. We at certcube conduct sophisticated spear phishing attack simulations to mature the global workforces .

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What is spear PHISHING ATTACK simulations

Spear phishing is a conceptual technique in which a victim is lured via email, text, video link, tweet or offer scheme by an intruder to click or download a bogus link or attachment. The central aim of this attack is to breach the victim computer by stealthily injecting a backdoor, which leads to obtaining unauthorized access to sensitive data remotely. Spear phishing attempts are more likely to be conducted by criminals attempting financial profit, business secrets or sensitive data.

Most Popular Techniques used for this attack are a mixture of social engineering, client-side flaws, and requests via social media websites etc.

Since you can’t stop phishing emails from appearing, the best way to manage these threats  is by learning how to recognize them. Phishing Simulations are a type of social engineering testing that imitates such phishing campaigns. Pen testers deploy a number of phish of varying difficulty levels, and monitor whether any are opened, clicked, or have credentials entered. These simulations can uncover which employees are vulnerable to phishing and discern what types of phish are most likely to fool them, so organizations can prevent them from doing it again, through trainings or other education sessions.

 What Are the Benefits of Spear Phishing Attack Simulations campaigns?

  •  Test Employee Willingness   – Get data on which employees are susceptible to phishing attacks, and how severe of a problem phishing is within your organization.
  • Test Technical Controls  – Find out the effectiveness of your email security filters, anti-malware, and other security barriers.

  • Increase Security Awareness – Employees become better at discerning malicious emails from authentic ones through successful phishing simulations and corresponding education. 
  • Compliance  – Phishing simulations are a type of Pentest which are often included as part of industry requirements or regulation adherence.
  • Training Validation  –    Running phishing simulations before and after training, or making it a regular practice in general, can provide valuable data about how successful education efforts are.   

 Spear Phishing Attack Simulations Attack Life Cycle

Enterpirse Scope

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Tailor phish to enterprise users

variety of different type of campaigning

multiple methods of communication

What you should do after A PHISHING assessment ?

Educate employees and follow best practices.

No matter the outcome of a campaign simulation, an organization should always take the time to educate its employees. They need to learn how to identify phish—from lack of personalization to odd URLs. Urge caution when opening links or attachments, particularly those that come unprompted or from unusual sources. Follow best practices, like going directly to a website instead of using a link when possible

Retest on a regular basis.

Anti-phishing penetration tests can and should be utilized frequently. The best way to ensure your education efforts are effective is to test again. Additionally, new phish are constantly being introduced, so you’ll want to stay up to date on the latest tactics. Regular testing keeps employees accountable, vigilant, and ensures that new employees aren’t a security weakness that goes unaddressed for too long.