Sophos, a global leader in network and endpoint security, today launched Sophos Phish Threat, an advanced phishing attack simulator and training solution that is fully integrated with the company’s cloud-based security management platform, Sophos Central. With centralised management and automated campaign analysis, Phish Threat dramatically reduces the time and resources required to affect real change in employee behaviour when faced with sophisticated and rapidly evolving cybercrime techniques.
Phishing remains one of the most common attack vectors for hackers who exploit end-user behaviour as the weakest link in a company’s cyber-defenses. Traditional online security training programs are academic, blind to the current attack landscape and disconnected from the rest of IT security management, making it burdensome for IT managers to effectively integrate anti-phishing into routine risk assessments. Sophos Phish Threat automates the entire training process and provides visual analytics to identify vulnerable users. The Sophos Phish Threat attack simulator and training platform is managed alongside other Sophos security solutions within Sophos Central to provide rapid risk detection and incident response.
“Phishing has evolved in lockstep with the ‘Malware-as-a-Service’ phenomenon,” commented Bill Lucchini, senior vice president and general manager for the Sophos Cloud Security Group. “For years, criminals have disguised attacks in email and today SophosLabs sees phishing emails as a primary delivery method for ransomware payloads. Preventing users from succumbing to phishing attacks can seem like an uphill battle. However, with Sophos Phish Threat, IT managers now have sophisticated, integrated threat intelligence that combines the strength of Sophos security technologies with a product that tests, trains and analyses human vulnerabilities. This creates a very powerful solution for businesses struggling to keep ahead of organised cybercrime and unwary end-users.”
Sophos acquired the Phish Threat technology in late 2016 from penetration test and risk assessment consultancy Silent Break Security and has since integrated the product into the Sophos Central platform. “I noticed a discrepancy between the way cyber-attacks were being conducted in the wild and what the private sector was calling a ‘penetration test,’” commented Brady Bloxham, founder and former CEO of Silent Break Security. “We built Phish Threat to replicate the mindset of a real attacker, using the complicated methods and techniques in use today. This means assessments are modeled after potential attacks that organisations may face from real hackers. We also wanted to make it more transparent and easier for IT to collate and analyse results – something we hadn’t found in other tools.” Bloxham and the core engineers who initially developed the technology have joined the Sophos Cloud Security Group.
Sophos Phish Threat enables IT managers to create authentic phishing simulation and training sessions, and initiates course corrections for their employees. This helps end-users better recognise what a phishing attack looks like and learn from their mistakes should they get lured into taking the bait. As attacks change with current events, changing seasons and attacker methodologies, Sophos Phish Threat constantly updates its testing framework to reflect real-world threats. IT managers can craft bespoke simulation campaigns for office locations worldwide, just as many cybercriminals are now designing threats tailored by geography.
“Today’s phishing attacks are so prevalent and so convincing that organisations of all types and sizes come to us asking how they can just stop employees from clicking on those emails and prevent an attack from slipping onto the network,” said Karl Bickmore, CEO at Snap Tech IT, a Sophos partner based in Phoenix, Ariz. “Being able to stop a zero-day attack with next-generation endpoint security such as Sophos Intercept X is a valuable line of defense, but being able to reduce the number of security threats that reach your network in the first place by simply educating employees can dramatically reduce risk and improve security confidence across an organisation.”
“Consumer confidence has been rocked by the high profile data breaches that have occurred in recent months, and many of our customers are asking how they can effectively introduce higher standards of security awareness in their business without introducing complicated solutions that require close management and constant updates in order to be effective,” added Shane Swanson, COO at ARRC Technology, a Sophos partner based in Bakersfield, Calif. “By adding Phish Threat to Sophos Central, Sophos has made it easy for our customers to integrate an additional component of security without adding to the management overhead. It increases the trust our customers have in our team and our solutions.”