Education is Your First Line of Defense

Despite all the funds you may have spent on state-of-the-art security software, the bad guys are just one gullible user click away from staging an all-out invasion. To make matters worse, that user might well be you! Recent surveys show that executives can be some of the biggest culprits when it comes to clicking on phishing links and opening malicious email attachments. Yet by far the most effective strategy in combating these attacks is also one of the most poorly implemented – security awareness training.

Our Approach

Anti-phishing solutions are critical in protecting an organization from the infiltration of phishing, spearphishing, whaling and other email- and Web-based attacks that can create financial loss, theft of intellectual property and other serious problems. Consequently, users remain the first level of a layered defense system in protecting an organization from these attacks and so must receive appropriate Security Awareness Training in order to recognize phishing characteristics and what to do when confronted with them. We layer this education with our managed email security service as a first line of defense when it comes to phishing awareness and protection.

Over 90% of
breaches and ransomware
start with phishing

When it comes to security awareness users of your organization need to be educated against todays threats of phishing, social engineering, ransomware and proper security hygiene when working on and with your organizations systems and data. This includes a thorough understanding the industry compliance your organization might be regulated against (PCI, HIPPA, FERPA, 23 NYCRR 500, etc) and how this effects the actions of your employees. Many of these regulations mandate organizations have a security awareness program in place to achieve compliance.

Key Benefits

  • Comprehensive security awareness program for all users
  • Coordinated campaign combining training and phishing simulations
  • Fulfill regulatory and compliance mandates for compliance training
  • Continuous monitoring solutions to have regular tests
  • Gain executive and IT trust and buy in

At CCSI, we take the take a holistic approach of education and wrap training around today’s latest threats and security best practices to keep your user base alert and trained. This includes areas like understanding sensitive data is, how to react towards your organizations policy and procedure (e.g not inserting USB drives or clicking links from untrusted emails), regulation training and information security best practices.

CCSI’s Security Awareness Training has provided a positive and measurable impact in the organizations that have implemented it. This can be measured in both the confidence level that security-focused IT professionals have in their employees’ ability not to fall prey to attacks, as well as in the perception about improvements in the users security decisions with their systems and data. Our tests help determine education gaps and policy changes within your organization.


We have multiple training options to turn your users into a “human firewall”:

Training Videos and Games on
Security and Regulation Topics:
  • Reporting on attendance, completion of courses, grades, etc
  • Scheduled onboarding for new users and annual recertification
  • LMS portal with customer administration or fully managed CCSI options
Proactive Security Tests:

Scheduled Phishing tests

  • Scheduled phishing tests to validate training
  • Continued training to help harden users against attack
  • Custom and canned templates to select from

Social engineering tests

  • Phone pretexting – Contact users to gain information and access to your systems
  • Social media and OSINT reconnaissance – Real world public data used in training
  • SMiShing & Vishing – SMS and Voice based phishing tests
  • USB drops to validate policy

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IT pros have realized that simulated phishing tests are urgently needed as an additional security layer. Today, phishing your own users is just as important as having antivirus and a firewall. It is a fun and an effective cybersecurity best practice to patch your last line of defense: USERS.

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To find out more, contact us today.