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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

This year’s theme for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart,” encouraging individuals and organizations to “own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace.”

As we wrap up week 2, take a deep dive into 2020’s biggest threat: phishing


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Low Cybersecurity Standards + Poor Security Awareness Training = Disaster

Cybercrime has never been more prevalent – or more devastating. here’s a quick highlight reel featuring the greatest hits of cybercrime for the last few weeks, and how they could have been avoided.

Ramsomware Nightmares

A recent spate of ransomware attacks has crippled transit in Philadelphia, Unleashed a massive disaster at charitable institutions, shut down school systems, and even cost someone their life in Germany.

Database Debacles

Unlocked or poorly secured database fueled massive data leaks as neglected Elasticsearch servers and AW3 buckets spilled data from colleges, marketing companies, healthcare providers, news platforms, professional associations and even cybersecurity companies failed at security basics.

Insider Chaos

Both malicious insiders and accidental actors have been up to no good at businesses around the world. Disgruntled employees stole medical records, ran pay-to-play systems access scams, and released sensitive data on social media. Accidental actors weren’t much better as they made enormous email sending blunders, gave up passwords like Halloween candy, and clicked on everything.

These cybersecurity incidents can all be chalked up to one main cause, the number one reason for cybersecurity disasters: human error. Whether they were caused by neglect, negligence, ignorance, or spite all of these breaches were preventable with a quality cybersecurity awareness training program including phishing resistance training.

Over 80% of businesses have experienced an increase in cybercrime in 2020. Phishing alone is up more than 660%. Ransomware has jumped 148%. And cloud-based attacks, often fueled by Dark Web data dumps full of compromised passwords, are up 625%. Threats lurk around every corner, yet 65% of businesses don’t do enough security awareness training – and 45% don’t do any at all.

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The Threat

Major cybersecurity disasters are caused by staffers undertrained in cybersecurity awareness, especially phishing resistance. But I don’t even know where to start…

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  • Regular security awareness training reduces cybersecurity incidents by 70% 
  • Phishing resistance training makes staffers 84% less likely to fall for phishing 
  • 90% of all incidents that end in a data breach start with a phishing email
  • BullPhish ID automatically includes 80 phishing kits and 50 security video campaigns, with 4 added every month
  • Training including engaging video lessons and online retention testing is available in 8 languages

Don’t waste another day leaving your business vulnerable to cyberattacks that could have been prevented with better employee security awareness training. Make the small investment in BullPhish ID now that could save you a fortune in dodged cyberattacks later.

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How Phishing and Security Awareness Training Can Reduce Your Largest Attack Surface: Your Employees.

  • Learn how phishing resistance training makes immediate security improvements
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Phishing Confidential: Offensive and Defensive Playbooks of a Phishing Attack Revealed

  • Go inside the mind of a hacker
  • See how phishing is planned and unleashed
  • Learn how to mount an effective defense


Unveiling Cybercrime Markets on the Dark Web

  • See the origins of spear phishing and other data-powered attacks
  • Learn how easy it is to become a phishing target
  • Go deep into Dark Web markets to see why phished passwords and stolen data are such hot commodities


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