SOURCE: Wombat Security Technologies

Wombat Security Technologies

November 30, 2010 10:30 ET

Online Holiday Phishing: Wombat Security Technologies Helps Enterprises Mitigate Risks to Their Employees and to Themselves

PITTSBURGH, PA--(Marketwire - November 30, 2010) - Over the past decade, the Web has been blurring the lines between work and personal life. In the process, enterprises are discovering that their employees are susceptible to a broader range of cyber attacks. This is best exemplified during the Holiday Season, when employees are shopping online, sending each other e-cards and accessing social networks to interact with friends and family. The term "Cyber Monday" has been coined to refer to the day when employees return to work after the Thanksgiving break and proceed to shop online from their work computers -- or their enterprise-provided laptops. According to Shop.org's eHoliday Survey, around 55 percent of workers with Internet access, or about 70 million Americans, will shop for holiday gifts from the office this year.

With employees accessing a wide range of web sites from their corporate computers, policing their activities is proving increasingly difficult. Instead, enterprises are turning to employee training as their last line of defense. While early results in training employees were often very disappointing, as organizations relied on traditional training methods such as lecturing people for long hours or sending them memos they would never read, the situation is rapidly changing. When it comes to training employees to recognize phishing attacks, Wombat Security Technologies has shown that learning science principles can be used to develop highly engaging and effective training solutions capable of significantly boosting an organization's readiness while being minimally disruptive. "Our cyber security training line of products has been shown to reduce by more than 50% the chance of employees falling for phishing emails and other related attacks such as drive-by malware and malicious attachments," says Co-Founder and CEO, Dr. Norman Sadeh.

An increasing number of enterprises coming from sectors as diverse as finance, insurance, health care, government, retail, and education, to name just a few, are turning to Wombat to train their employees. These solutions include engaging training games as well as a software-as-a-service product called PhishGuru that enables IT security personnel to launch training campaigns where they send simulated phishing emails directly into their employees' inboxes.

"With the Holiday Season upon us, we are making short versions of our Anti-Phishing Phyllis and Anti-Phishing Phil training games available to public and are encouraging IT security personnel to take a close look at our products and how they have helped our customers mitigate the risks associated with phishing and related attacks," added Norman Sadeh.

About Wombat Security Technologies
With millions of users around the world Wombat Security Technologies is a global leader in cyber security awareness training and offers unique anti-phishing filtering solutions. Wombat's products have been licensed for use in sectors as diverse as finance, government, insurance, healthcare, energy, e-tailing, logistics, education and others.

Publicly accessible versions of Wombat's Anti-Phishing Phil and Anti-Phishing Phyllis are respectively available at:

http://www.wombatsecurity.com/antiphishing_phil/index.html
http://www.wombatsecurity.com/subscribePhyllis

For more information, visit: www.wombatsecurity.com

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