PhishMe report shows employees can become assets in anti-phishing battle

A report released today by PhishMe based on the results of 8 million phishing simulations shows that employees can dramatically improve their ability to detect phishing emails with practice, and can be trained to forward them to security staff.

While the average response rates to any particular phishing email is about 20 percent, employees who click on one phishing email are 67 percent more likely than average to click on another one, with a click rate of 35 percent.

But their click rate falls to just 13 percent if they go through a third simulation exercise, 4 percent their fourth time through, and just 0.2 percent the fifth time.

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