Cybersecurity firm introduces simulator to create awareness
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SOPHOS has launched Sophos Phish Threat, an advanced phishing attack simulator and training solution that is fully integrated with the company’s cloud-based security management platform, Sophos Central.

With centralised management and automated campaign analysis, Phish Threat dramatically reduces the time and resources required to affect real change in employee behaviour when faced with sophisticated and rapidly evolving cybercrime techniques.

Bill Lucchini, Senior Vice- President and General Manager for the Sophos Cloud Security Group said phishing has evolved in lockstep with the ‘Malwareas- a-Service’ phenomenon.”

“For years, criminals have disguised attacks in emails and today SophosLabs sees phishing emails as a primary delivery method for ransomware payloads. Preventing users from succumbing to phishing attacks can seem like an uphill battle.

However, with Sophos Phish Threat, IT managers now have sophisticated, integrated threat intelligence that combines the strength of Sophos security technologies with a product that tests, trains and analyses human vulnerabilities.

This creates a very powerful solution for businesses struggling to keep ahead of organised cybercrime and unwary end-users,” he said. Sophos acquired the Phish Threat technology in late 2016 from penetration test and risk assessment consultancy Silent Break Security and has since integrated the product into the Sophos Central platform.

The founder and former CEO of Silent Break Security Brady Bloxham said , “I noticed a discrepancy between the way cyber-attacks were being conducted in the wild and what the private sector was calling a ‘penetration test.’

” Adding that “We built Phish Threat to replicate the mindset of a real attacker, using the complicated methods and techniques in use today.

This means assessments are modeled after potential attacks that organizations may face from real hackers. We also wanted to make it more transparent and easier for IT to collate and analyze results – something we hadn’t found in other tools.”

Bloxham and the core engineers who initially developed the technology have joined the Sophos Cloud Security Group Phishing remains one of the most common attack vectors for hackers who exploit end-user behavior as the weakest link in a company’s cyber-defenses.

Traditional online security training programs are academic, blind to the current attack landscape and disconnected from the rest of IT security management, making it burdensome for IT managers to effectively integrate antiphishing into routine risk assessments. Sophos Phish Threat automates the entire training process and provides visual analytics to identify vulnerable users.

The Sophos Phish Threat attack simulator and training platform is managed alongside other Sophos security solutions within Sophos Central to provide rapid risk detection and incident response.

Sophos Phish Threat enables IT managers to create authentic phishing simulation and training sessions, and initiates course corrections for their employees. This helps end-users better recognize what a phishing attack looks like and learn from their mistakes should they get lured into taking the bait.

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