Phishing Simulation & Security Awareness Education

Fish with baited hookThe five most common attack types that social engineers use to target their victims are phishing, pretexting, baiting, quid pro quo and tailgating. More than 40% of all information breaches result from this malicious online activity, with 98% of these incidents carried out by phishing, according to the 2017 Verizon Data Breaches Investigation Report.

Phishing uses targeted messaging to steal information or gain unauthorized access to computer systems. It’s primarily conducted via email but can come in the form of voicemail, SMS texting and even social media posts. Phishing attempts ask you to provide sensitive information, encourage you to click links, or urge you to download attachments.

When suspicious emails make it through a hospital's technical defenses, employees are the last line of defense. Therefore, it is vitally important that those staff members with computer access learn to properly identify and report suspicious emails as potential threats. Purdue Healthcare Advisors offers Phishing Simulation & Security Awareness Education to instruct clinicians, administrators and others with computer access on what to look for and how to respond. Students will gain awareness of warning signs and common tricks by participating in a phishing simulation platform. Phishing simulation tests an employee’s susceptibility to clicking on suspicious links, opening unsolicited attachments, and sharing information with unverified websites.  Point-in-time training occurs in the event that an employee interacts with a phishing message. Monthly security awareness reminders, flyers, and training are provided for all active phishing simulation clients.

To learn more, contact PHA’s Senior Advisor for Health IT George Bailey.

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