Anti-Phishing Expert, Wombat Security Technologies, Unveils Social Engineering Security Training Module
PITTSBURGH, PA, Jan 15, 2013 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
Wombat Security Technologies (Wombat), a leading provider of cyber
security awareness training solutions, today announced the release of
its comprehensive Social Engineering training module to defend
against the most up-to-date and sophisticated social engineering
threats, including spear phishing and social media-based attacks. The
Social Engineering security training module leverages Wombat's
award-winning anti-phishing expertise and proven learning techniques
to arm employees with the expertise they need to cope with changing
social engineering threats using research-based training software
that take less than 10 minutes to complete.
Commonly defined as the art of exploiting human psychology to gain
access to buildings, systems or data, social engineering is evolving
so rapidly that technology solutions, security policies, and
operational procedures alone cannot protect critical resources. A
recent Check Point sponsored survey revealed that 43 percent of the
IT professionals surveyed said they had been targeted by social
engineering schemes. The survey also found that new employees are the
most susceptible to attacks, with 60 percent citing recent hires as
being at "high risk" for social engineering.
"Based on the sheer volume and creativity of attacks waged against
unsuspecting and under-educated employees, it is clear that something
must be done to shore up this gaping hole in corporate defenses,"
said Joe Ferrara, President and CEO of Wombat Security Technologies.
"Maintaining the status quo is no longer a sustainable option, as
organizations cannot afford to spend increasing amounts of time,
money and resources responding to these types of cyber-attacks."
Wombat is answering this need with a very unique approach to training
employees. A combination of Social Engineering Assessments, which
stage mock attacks on employees for the purposes of training, and a
library of in-depth training modules to educate and reinforce
concepts, work together to deliver measurable employee behavior
change. Employees who fall for mock attacks are very motivated to
learn how to avoid real attacks. The new Social Engineering training
module explains the psychology behind these attacks, and gives
practical tips for recognizing and avoiding them, which employees
apply immediately during the training to lengthen retention.
The new Social Engineering training module is the latest module
available in Wombat's Security Training Platform that helps companies
foster a people-centric security culture and provide security
officers with effective education tools. With the Platform, security
-- Take a baseline assessment of employee understanding
-- Help employees understand why their security discretion is vital to
-- Create a targeted training program that addresses the most risky
employees and/or prevalent behaviors first
-- Empower employees to recognize potential threats and independently make
correct security decisions
-- Improve knowledge retention with short interactive training sessions
that work easily into employees' busy schedules and feature proven
effective learning science principles
-- Monitor employee completion of assignments and deliver automatic
reminders about training deadlines
-- Show measurable knowledge improvement over time with easy-to-read
reports for executive management
"Wombat helps companies promote a people-centric security culture
that provides ongoing training to consistently inform employees about
the latest security threats. Fighting attacks against the human mind
requires behavioral changes more than technology defenses," Ferrara
added. "We recommend a combined approach of simulated social
engineering attacks coupled with interactive training modules to
deliver the best result. Incorporating our continuous training
methodology can be the difference between a five-alarm data breach
and a quiet night at the office."
For pricing and/or more information about this security awareness
training module, or Wombat's award winning Security Training
Platform, please visit www.wombatsecurity.com.
About Wombat Security Technologies
Wombat Security Technologies helps organizations combat cyber
security threats with uniquely effective software-based training
solutions. Wombat offers fully automated, highly scalable
software-based training solutions, built on learning science
principles. They offer mock attacks with brief embedded training, as
well as a full complement of 10-minute software training modules.
Wombat's training solutions have been shown to reduce employee
susceptibility to attack by up to 70%. Wombat is helping Fortune 1000
customers, large government agencies and small to medium businesses
in segments such as finance, banking, higher education, retail,
technology, energy, insurance, and consumer packaged goods strengthen
their cyber security defenses. For more information visit
www.wombatsecurity.com or contact Lorraine Kauffman-Hall at
704-882-0443 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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