Phishing is one of the most common social engineering methods and attack vector that hackers utilize to compromise credentials and steal sensitive data. Through phishing, attackers send email messages that appear to be legitimate. Phishing emails might contain names, email addresses and graphics or logos of people or trusted organizations (e.g., banks, retail stores, government agencies). Phishing messages often contain wording that expresses a sense of urgency and will play on human emotions in order to force a user error.
Phishing victims often get fooled into opening malicious attachments in messages, clicking on links to malicious websites, or providing their personally identifying information (PII) or account credentials directly to criminals. A similar deception, known as “pharming,” occurs when a hacker hijacks internet traffic and redirects someone from a legitimate website to a malicious (fake) website that looks identical.
Schneider Downs offers Phishing Security Assessments that simulate realistic phishing attacks. These simulated attacks are conducted by our team of skilled security professionals in a controlled and secure environment, with an end goal of assessing and strengthening an organization’s security environment against real attacks.
We may also incorporate phishing into our Penetration Testing Assessments , where we will attempt to “phish for compromise.” Phishing for compromise is where we will use phishing methods that give our security professionals avenues into your organization’s systems.
Using our proven methodology, we will send simulated phishing emails to employees and capture results about their actions, including whether emails were opened, the attachment/link accessed, etc. At the end of the engagement, our security professionals will provide you with detailed analysis and feedback documenting the results of the simulated phishing campaigns.
Schneider Downs can also assist your organization in implementing Customized Employee Awareness Campaigns. We can provide training to employees in an effort to prevent future phishing attacks. Industry studies validate that employee awareness training is an effective investment for preventing these types of attacks.