Stop, Drop, Read, Delete: What Fire Safety Taught Me About Email Scams

We are all moving WAY too fast. Honestly, I think half the world’s problems could be solved if everyone would just slow down, take a breath, and THINK before speaking or clicking or moving or accelerating or voting or texting or reacting in any way whatsoever. And that concept would also keep us safer from cybercriminals trying to hack into law firms.

How? If we would all just stop and think before clicking around in our email in-box, we could save ourselves (and our firms) from phishing scams. If we slow down and think critically, we can stop cyberattacks before they happen.

My sons recently went through fire safety training at school and they came home all excited to tell me about “stop, drop and roll.” Of course, we went through about 15 minutes of fun chaos as we all tried it out (over and over). But it got me thinking. If we were willing to “stop, drop, read, delete,” we might save ourselves a lot of headaches.

Let me explain…

Cybercriminals hack into our systems by sending phishing emails that look like legitimate communications. And they are SMART! They use the headlines every day to create new scams. From the Zika virus to the Olympics to ISIS, cybercriminals play upon our fears and our curiosity to get us to open their malevolent emails.

We need to train people to…

  • Stop moving your index finger!
  • Drop the mouse!
  • Read cynically!
  • Delete an email or forward it to your IT geeks!

And guess what??!! I train people to do just that, through the KnowBe4 system. KnowBe4 is the world’s most popular integrated Security Awareness Training and Simulated Phishing platform. This system is updated every day with new phishing templates that clients can use to phish their own firm, learning who is vulnerable to scams and who needs training.

Here’s how it works:

  • You become a KnowBe4 client
  • Upload your users to the system
  • Launch a baseline phishing test using any number of templates
  • Using the results from that phishing test, launch targeted trainings to help your employees be more discerning clickers
  • Every month, send out another phishing campaign
  • Track improvements down to individual users over time

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