Phishing training needs both broad and targeted approach, says report

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Employees are one of the weakest points infosec pros have to deal with in preventing cyber attacks, particularly when it comes to resisting phishing.

Yet after years of attempts to raise security awareness many staffers still haven’t grasped some essentials if security vendor ProofPoints annual ‘State of the Phish’ report is accurate.

Consider these numbers in a global survey of 3,500 workers in seven sophisticated IT countries (the United States, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Spain and the United Kingdom). Users were asked to define cybersecurity terms choosing from multiple choices:

only 61 per cent accurately defined phishing (only 49 per cent in the U.S.)

only 31 per cent accurately defined ransomware (and that was down from 45 per cent the year before)

66 per cent accurately defined malware (but nearly 30 per cent of U.S. respondents thought malware was a type of hardware that boosts Wi-Fi signals)

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