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Course Description

Welcome to Cybrary’s crafting the perfect phishing email course. This course is intended for people of all skill levels, with no prior knowledge or experience needed. In this phishing training course, you will learn the basics of phishing, how and why phishing continues to work, how to craft the perfect phishing email and what you can do to defend against these increasingly clever social engineering attempts. Social engineering is still the number one method of entry into a network, by pentesters and attackers alike.

Cybrary’s crafting the perfect phishing email is an introductory course into phishing and is intended for anyone in the cybersecurity field, both red and blue team members, and end users. In this course you will learn the basics behind phishing, why it works and what we can do to defend against it.

This course is designed to help the red team craft the perfect phishing email, that guarantees click through and increases chances of getting into the network on your first attempt. After learning how these types of attacks work, blue team members will also be able to educate their users and lower the success rate of these types of attacks on their network.

Social Engineers continue to use phishing to attack network because it is guaranteed to work. According to the 2018 Verizon DBIR report, “Companies are nearly three times more likely to get breached by social attacks than via actual vulnerabilities, emphasizing the need for ongoing employee cybersecurity education.”

What is Involved in this Online Phishing Training Course?

In this online phishing training, you will learn to use phishing to test and educate your organization’s employees about phishing schemes and how to avoid them. The objectives you will cover in this class include learning the basics of phishing, how and why it works, how to craft the perfect phishing email, and how you can protect your organization and its employees against such cyberattacks.

This course is ideal for IT professionals who are responsible for training network users how to be safe and vigilant against cyber criminals for the protection of the organizations they work for. The course is a total of one hour, thirty minutes of clock time, and you will receive a Certificate of Completion upon finishing the training.

What’s the Purpose of a Phishing Scheme?

Phishing is a kind of cybercrime that utilizes email (or sometimes text or phone) as a weapon. The targets are messaged by someone pretending to be some sort of trusted entity, often using the name of a real person, or company with which the victim does business. The attacker lures individuals into providing personal and financial information such as social security numbers, account numbers, credit card account details, passwords, and other sensitive data. The information is then used to access accounts and often results in identity theft and monetary loss.

Phishing is one of the oldest kinds of cybercrimes and still one of the most widespread and malicious – and it keeps becoming more and more sophisticated.

Why Does Phishing Work?

At the heart of phishing is the use of social engineering. Social engineering relating to information security is defined as using deception to manipulate someone into providing sensitive personal data that can be used fraudulently. The key to successful social engineering is the manipulation. Phishing works because people are presented with scams and attacks that look legitimate and instill trust, often because the entity that it is supposedly from is a real organization that the target does business with.

How Do You Prevent Phishing?

The best way to prevent your employees from falling victim to phishing scams is through anti-phishing training along with simulated phishing that prompts targeted follow-up education.

Simulated social engineering and phishing is one way that you can assess your team’s knowledge and susceptibility to these types of malicious cyberattacks. By creating phishing exploits that look like actual malicious threats and learning which employees become victims by clicking a link in the email, you will be able to educate those employees so they can differentiate between phishing emails and legitimate ones.

How Does Phishing Your Employees to Improve Security Work?

Deploying a phishing simulation against the users in your organization may seem like a process in which you are trying to “catch” someone doing something wrong (to the employees, at least), it’s really the most effective way to know what your organization’s phishing-related vulnerabilities are. Phishing is a major problem for organizations of all types and sizes. In fact, it’s nearly three times more likely that a company will be attacked by phishing schemes than by actual vulnerabilities, according to a report by Verizon.

Preparing your organization for phishing attacks at the corporate level will ensure that you are able to protect valuable intellectual property and sensitive data. This will help increase the overall security of the organization. You can hire third-party organizations to perform phishing tests on the users at your company, however, with Cybrary’s course on phishing, you will easily be able to create the perfect phishing email yourself and save significantly on expenses.

Instructed By

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Dustin Parry
Network Security Engineer

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Course Components

On Demand Videos to learn from industry leaders
Assessments to gauge understanding and comprehension

Certificate of Completion

Certificate Of Completion

Complete this entire course to earn a Phishing Certificate of Completion