~ New managed service lets businesses use fake phishing attacks to increase staff awareness ~

London-based managed IT services provider OryxAlign has announced the launch of its new managed cybersecurity awareness training service in partnership with training specialist KnowBe4. The service will allow businesses, especially SMEs, to periodically test their employees’ awareness and preparedness against phishing attacks. Based on their responses, staff will receive a customised training programme and access to a library of thousands of resources, including webinars, quizzes and games to develop their cybersecurity awareness.

Phishing is a type of cyberattack where an attacker sends a fraudulent email, message or website that appears to be legitimate, to trick the recipient into sharing sensitive information, such as login credentials or financial information.

According to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) phishing attacks accounted for 31 per cent of all cyber related incidents. It was superseded only by ransomware attacks at 34 per cent.

The phishing security test from OryxAlign provides businesses with the ability to simulate a phishing attack by sending randomised fake phishing emails to their employees every quarter. The emails are designed to look like real phishing emails that employees may receive. The tool allows organisations to track who clicked on the links in the email or provided sensitive information in response to the email.

Based on their responses, users are given a cybersecurity awareness score, which is used to provide them with an ongoing programme of cybersecurity training, via an online library of webinars, quizzes, games and even a Netflix-style TV series.

“Employees across a business can vary significantly in their cybersecurity skills, so there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all training programme to improve awareness and preparedness,” explained Nathan Charles, Head of Customer Experience at OryxAlign. “This is why we’ve partnered with KnowBe4 to offer a simulated phishing attack and training service for SMEs.

“By using this tool, organisations can assess their employees’ ability to identify and avoid phishing attacks. The results of the test can help businesses identify areas of weakness in their security, from shop-floor workers to the CEO.”

The training is delivered virtually at the user’s own pace and organisations can integrate their corporate IT policies into the platform. As well as scoring individual users, the results of the simulated attacks can be used to benchmark the overall score for the company against similar businesses in the same sector.

The cybersecurity awareness training is offered as a managed service, but interested users can carry out a free phishing test for up to 100 employees by filling out the online form on OryxAlign’s website.