Security Awareness Program

Security Awareness Program

Discover how secure your company is and proactively improve your security posture.


It’s widely known that an organization’s weakest security link is its employees. Sword & Shield partners with you through our Security Awareness Program to assist you in both understanding your employees’ knowledge in relation to cyberthreats and training those employees to improve their cyber awareness. This, in turn, protects your business.

This cyclical process reveals your company’s security status as it relates to your workforce, and fosters a proactive and ongoing culture of security.

Security Awareness Program CycleTest

The first step in ascertaining your workforce’s security awareness status is to test it.

Our experts get to know your company and how you do business. Then, they apply their depth and breadth of cybersecurity knowledge to help you select the right testing campaigns and cadence to run them; and to determine who in your organization should be targeted based on their role and responsibilities.

These exercises are conducted in a safe and controlled environment, then used to increase awareness to proactively head off falling prey to a real attack:

Phishing as a Service

Sword & Shield uses simulated real-world email-based scenarios to test and train your team members regarding this dangerous type of social engineering. Phishing as a Service (PHaaS) is our subscription-based program that provides consistent and ongoing phishing campaigns and analysis.

Pre-Texting

Sword & Shield analysts make phone calls impersonating someone with perceived authority or privilege in order to gather key information like user names, passwords, access codes, etc.

Baiting

We leave a USB flash drive or other form of mobile storage media in an open area to identify employees that attempt to use the device, and those who turn it in to the appropriate department.

Tailgating (Piggy-Backing)

Our experts attempt to bypass physical security at client sites in order to roam unescorted, looking for open offices and/or unsecured workstations.

Train

Training is an integral ingredient for embracing an educated culture of security and protecting key assets. Training also helps your staff to become better and happier employees by empowering them to do their jobs better.

Sword & Shield offers the following types of training as part of our Security Awareness Program:

Security Awareness: Giving staff continuous access to security awareness training is key to achieving and maintaining a secure and compliant workplace.
Additionally, many compliance frameworks such as HIPAA, PCI, FFIEC and more require regular security training in order for you to maintain compliance. Sword & Shield provides general, ransomware defense and social engineering security awareness training.

Compliance: Our HIPAA and PCI experts educate you on changes to laws (HIPAA) and requirements (PCI DSS), and how those changes affect your organization’s compliance.

We provide an interactive eLearning module for corrective training for team members who fall victim to our simulated attacks. This flexible delivery system can be used as needed throughout the year, or in concert with campaigns.

Engage

Our Security Awareness Program promotes a culture of proactive reporting. Allow your employees to convey suspicious mails directly to your security team and Sword & Shield for a real time threat analysis based on the mail header and body.

We provide a dashboard with an easy to understand representation of your employees’ progress and status. This provides you insights and statistics for the further development of your company.

Test (Again)

An often-overlooked step in an effective security awareness strategy is re-testing after training. This test ensures training is effective and keeps the lessons learned top of mind.

Measure

Sword & Shield measures progress with user-friendly reports following each campaign and a trend analysis to provide insight over time. We can track vulnerability to phishing attacks by employee, department, region, or the company as a whole.

Executive Level Insight

In addition to working with our expert security analysts on a regular basis, our Security Awareness Program includes a semi-annual review of testing results with a virtual chief information security officer (vCISO).

This executive-level guidance and leadership allows you to strategically plan how to move forward to uphold the integrity of the program.

Get started today! Download the Security Awareness brief and request a consultation.

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