wombatsecurity | August 12, 2014

New Industry Case Study Shows how a Northeastern College Reduced Successful Phishing Attacks

Leveraging Wombat’s Security Education solution, the college registered a 90% reduction in successful phishing attacks

Pittsburgh, PA –Aug 12, 2014– Wombat Security Technologies (Wombat) released a new industry case study to demonstrate how one innovative Northeastern college successfully reduced effective phishing attacks.  This college leveraged Wombat’s highly efficient security awareness training solutions to dramatically reduce successful phishing attacks by 90%.

To describe the state of security awareness at the school in prior years, its information security officer said, “We used to see situations in which someone would have a virus on his or her computer or unintentionally install spyware. We didn’t have a lot of widespread issues.  But alarm grew as the years went by and security breaches became increasingly dire.”

He added: “The scale and sophistication of phishing attacks is increasing, and our school started realizing how much security as a whole was important,” he added. “Our administration realized we needed to do more than just buy another firewall or another appliance. We needed to actually focus on our people.”

Since deploying the Wombat Security program in 2012, “the effectiveness of the product has been fantastic,” said the information security officer. For starters, administrators have learned just how detrimental it can be to the school when sensitive information is compromised. Using the Wombat product has raised the levels of accountability for each staff member.

The school has been able to enjoy the following benefits:

  • Before teaming with Wombat, the college saw its users fall for five to six criminal phishing attacks a month. Since deploying Wombat Security’s solution, so far in 2014, the school has seen the number of successful phishing attacks decrease to three in the last 6 months. This represents a 90% reduction in successful phishing attacks.
  • The help desk has reported a significant drop in spyware or actual viruses on campus computers; the desk has also had to address considerably fewer support requests, which has freed up time for other school matters.
  • There has been an increase in the number of users reporting actual phishing emails. The school has observed quicker response times and greater awareness of phishing issues. “Users are coming to me and saying they find the training helpful even when it comes to their personal environments,” the security officer said. “Our users have been appreciative of what they’ve learned.”

Wombat has deep roots in the Security Awareness and Training Market, and is a recognized authority, having recently been named the Gold winner of the 2014 Global Excellence Awards in Tomorrow’s Technology Today for its Security Training Platform and Bronze winner in the New Product category for its CyberStrength® Security Awareness assessment product.

Wombat’s CEO, Joe Ferrara, who recently been named as “CEO of the Year” by the CEO Awards, stated, “What I think is so powerful about this story is the school’s success in changing employee behavior as evidenced by the significant reduction in the number of successful phishing attacks, as well as spyware and virus infections on campus. These are results every organization should strive for from their security education program.”

To view the entire case study, please visit Northeastern Public College reduces successful phishing attacks or http://info.wombatsecurity.com/decrease-phishing-attacks.  To learn more visit Wombat Security’s anti-phishing page.

About Wombat Security Technologies

Wombat Security Technologies provides information security awareness and training software to help organizations teach their employees secure behavior.  Their SaaS cyber security education solution includes a platform of integrated broad assessments, as well as a library of simulated attacks and brief interactive training modules. Wombat's solutions allow organizations to reduce employee susceptibility to attack, including phishing attacks, by over 80%. Wombat is helping Fortune 1000 customers in industry segments such as finance, technology, banking, higher education, retail, and consumer packaged goods to strengthen their cyber security defenses.


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