Wombat Security Technologies Offers Tips, Training, and Free Simulated Phishing Attacks to Help Companies and their Employees Avoid Holiday Phishing Scams

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Businesses can take advantage of a free simulated phishing attack to assess and train their employees.

Tis’ the season for cybercrime. With the holiday shopping season upon us businesses are exposed to more risk as employees do their online shopping from work - let the phishing frenzy begin. According to the 2011 ISACA Shopping on the Job Survey, 25 percent of people who shop online will do so from a device provided for or used at work. In response, cybercriminals are getting smarter and more targeted in their attacks, putting even the savviest online users at risk.

In response to this increasing threat, anti-phishing expert Wombat Security Technologies (Wombat) is offering helpful tips and free simulated phishing attacks that will help businesses train their employees how to stay one step ahead of the fraudsters.

Here are the top 6 tips to keep your online holiday experience safe:

1.     Don't open coupon attachments: Most legitimate coupons are posted on a company's website, where you should always go to get your coupons. In general, avoid attachments and don't download anything from a source you don't know or recognize.

2.     Don’t just click that link: Typically e-cards are hosted on websites. Instead of clicking on the link, type the business name of the e-card host into your search engine and ensure it is a legitimate business.

3.     When in doubt, delete: If something looks a little strange, such as the name of the sender or an unusual subject line, just delete it. It's better to delete than run the risk of getting a virus.

4.     Have an eye for details: Watch out for misspelled words or names, not knowing who sent you the coupon or e-card, a disguised name (such as “Your Friend” or a “Secret Admirer”), or an odd URL.

5.     Don’t just connect: Even in the season of giving it is important to be cautious. This is especially relevant on Facebook and LinkedIn – bottom line; don’t connect with people whom you haven’t met in person.

6.     Ensure secure payments: Make sure your Internet connection is secure. Don’t make purchases over public WiFi, and double-check that you are shopping on sites with “https:” in their URL.

In addition to these helpful tips, Wombat is offering businesses a one-time, free phishing attack simulation for their employees. Included in Wombat’s extensive library of simulated attacks are e-cards, social networks, and financial simulated attacks. These software-based simulated attacks are designed to be engaging and effective training solutions, and have been scientifically proven to be more effective than traditional methods of security training.

Wombat’s simulated phishing attacks are the first step in assessing the susceptibility of a company’s employee community. Businesses can also generate detailed reports enabling administrators and security officers to target training programs to the employees who need it the most.

To take advantage of this free offer, contact Ralph Massaro, VP of Sales at Wombat Security Technologies, 412-621-1484 x 114 or r.massaro(at)wombatsecurity(dot)com.

About Wombat Security Technologies
Wombat is a pioneer in cyber security awareness training. With customers across North America, Europe, and Asia, Wombat Security Technologies provides a comprehensive and effective suite of cyber security training and assessment products. Wombat also offers anti-phishing filtering solutions that have been shown to be significantly more effective than the most popular anti-spam filters when it comes to catching phishing attacks, including zero-hour attacks. Wombat’s products have been licensed for use in sectors as diverse as finance, government, insurance, healthcare, manufacturing and technology. For more information visit http://www.wombatsecurity.com or contact Lorraine Kauffman-Hall at 704-882-0443, lhall(at)attainmarketing(dot)com.

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