The security announcements continued piling in on the second day of 2018’s RSA Conference, which is taking place this week in San Francisco. These are some of the most noteworthy stories for channel pros.
In a new twist on security awareness training, Barracuda Networks Inc. has introduced a solution called PhishLine Levelized Programs that rewards end users for getting better at resisting phishing emails, instead of chastising them for falling victim to simulated attacks.
The new system lets organizations design multi-stage security education programs that measure and record an employee’s progress as they complete training exercises, correctly identify imitation phishing messages, and report suspected phishing attacks to administrators. The goal is to provide an incentive-based substitute for solutions that rely solely on click rate metrics to assess employee awareness.
“As phishing attacks have grown stealthier and more sophisticated, awareness training and simulation have proven invaluable in conditioning employees as a line of defense,” said Hatem Naguib, Barracuda’s senior vice president and general manager of security, in a press statement. “But the effectiveness of these solutions has hit a ceiling, inhibited by ‘click rate fatigue’—overreliance on a problematic metric. Levelized Programs, the industry’s first click rate alternative, accelerates the learning process by showcasing improvement—focusing on the positive, and not the negative.”
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