Cisco sends fake phishing emails to its employees


Networking Giant Cisco has sent its employee’s fake phishing emails in order to train them against cyber attacks. The objective was to educate them on how phishing emails hit targets and how a corporate network can be defended against such attacks.

Steve Martino, the Chief Information Security Officer at Cisco is said to have developed this clever technique through years of his experience fighting the bad guys. It’s said that Martino introduced such fake phishing email attacks into the corporate environment operations since September last year and is known to implement the same in the corporate environments on a quarterly basis.

“Like every student or office worker knows how to get out of the building fast when an emergency occurs, the same should be true in the case of cyber threats”, said Martino. His management’s aim is to set up a Cybersecurity playbook with defined steps that the team needs to take in case if it’s hit by the worst nightmare.

One way of defending the infrastructure is to train the employees in advanced to persistent cyber threats. And that’s what Martino and his management are doing so by launching fake email phishing attacks.

And anyone who is caught clicking on the test links is brought to an employee training video to teach them how to avoid engaging with suspicious emails in the future.

This mode of teaching or educating the employees works excellently as it helps every employee to understand their role in protecting their company against all variants of cyber threats and helps to educate them with the latest in the cyber landscape.

The success rate of Cisco’s phishing emails training is yet to be known.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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