MIMECAST COMMENT on Google Making a Quiz to See if You Can Identify Phishing Emails by Michael Madon, SVP & GM security awareness at Mimecast

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On Tuesday, Google’s Jigsaw unit published a quiz that tests users’ abilities to identify phishing emails. The quiz tests you on a series of emails to see if you can distinguish tell-tale signs of phishing. Phishing is, by far, the most common form of cyberattack. One percent of emails sent today are phishing attempts. And it often represents a more serious threat than the nuisance offers for free money we’ve all seen in our inboxes.

You may find the primary source of this story here: https://medium.com/jigsaw/how-to-spot-phishing-the-most-common-cyberattack-fed1360aacc2

In line with this, please find below a comment from Michael Madon, SVP & GM security awareness at Mimecast on this news and the importance of ongoing and impactful user awareness training.

Michael Madon, SVP & GM security awareness at Mimecast, commented:“Kudos to Jigsaw for building greater consumer awareness on this important topic. This is a solid effort that clearly highlights how crafty modern phishing emails can be. But this crash-course is no substitute for on-going initiatives by IT security leaders to tackle this education problem and truly change the security culture of an organisation. Employees need compelling reasons to care about security. Mimecast’s training data analysis shows that individual risk scoring is a key factor. When used alongside humorous content, the passive resistance most employees have to training can be broken down. Email security controls can be modified depending on the organisation’s own security stance, real inbound threats and the training scores of employees.”