Phishing Test

Test security awareness of employees with a phishing test

A phishing test entails simulating a phishing attack, conducted to evaluate and enhance employees' security awareness. During such tests, fake emails resembling legitimate messages from trusted sources like the IT department or banks are sent to employees. These emails typically contain links to mock websites mimicking authentic login pages or request sensitive information like usernames and passwords.

The primary aim of phishing tests is to assess employees' ability to recognize and thwart suspicious emails. Post-test, employees receive feedback and training to enhance their ability to detect and evade phishing attempts, thereby bolstering the organization's overall security.

The phishing tests offered by Web Security Scan entail either a singular phishing attack or a sequence of planned attacks. These are designed to enable employees within the organization to familiarize themselves with various forms of phishing, raising awareness about its risks and aiding in prevention efforts. Moreover, they offer direct insights into the probability of a genuine phishing email resulting in an incident.

Organization-Wide Phishing Testing

Through phishing testing, organizations engage in comprehensive security practices, adhering to the principle of 'low cost - high impact'. This approach ensures that employees grasp the accessibility of security breaches, recognizing that such incidents are not only possible but also potentially affect them individually. Consequently, heightened awareness among employees contributes to bolstering the organization's overall protection against both unforeseen mishaps and malicious intent.

Web Security Scan presents a selection of three distinct versions:

  • Phishing Test Basic: This basic form of Phishing Test provides general insight into the number of clicks on the phishing link, alongside other metrics that are documented in an elaborate report.
  • Phishing Test Plus: The enhanced capabilities of Phishing Test Plus are particularly evident in the breadth of elements measured, as reflected in the detailed reporting of findings. Through Phishing Test Plus, we assess and communicate a wider array of factors.
  • Phishing Test Plus combined with a network pentest: Utilizing a Phishing Test Plus alongside a network assessment, the acquired credentials obtained from the phishing assessment are leveraged to conduct additional investigations into the client's internal network. This comprehensive approach helps identify vulnerabilities and security risks within the network infrastructure.

Phishing Test Results

The outcomes of a phishing test can vary based on multiple factors, including test design, employee responses, and organizational goals. By scrutinizing these outcomes, organizations can refine their security strategies, enhance training programs, and fortify overall security measures. Typically, the results of a phishing test can be categorized as follows:

  • Phishing Awareness: Insights into employees' ability to identify phishing emails, gauged through metrics such as click rates on fake emails, sharing of sensitive information, and reporting of suspicious activities.
  • Training Requirements: Identification of areas necessitating additional training, such as increased awareness of phishing tactics to mitigate employee responses to such emails.
  • Security Risks: Assessment of security risks posed by employees clicking on malicious links or divulging confidential information, enabling proactive measures to mitigate these risks.
  • Effectiveness of Security Measures: Evaluation of the efficacy of existing security protocols, including spam filters and authentication mechanisms, based on the volume of fake emails reaching employee inboxes.
  • Security Culture: Assessment of the overall security culture within the organization, evidenced by employees' proactive reporting of suspicious activities and awareness of phishing risks, indicating a robust security culture.