Wombat Launches SmishGuru to Combat Phishing Attacks
The interactive training modules teach employees about social engineering, smishing attacks, malicious URLs and overall smartphone security.Cyber-security software developer Wombat Security Technologies announced the launch of SmishGuru, a simulated attack service to target the growing problem of text-message phishing, also known as "smishing." An expansion of the company’s family of social engineering assessment products, SmishGuru can also help companies mitigate bring-your-own-device (BYOD) risks by teaching employees to defend against popular mobile device attacks and training how to recognize and avoid the more subtle smishing attacks. Similar to Wombat's PhishGuru and USBGuru solutions, security officers can select and customize the type of attack they want to send and select and customize the training the employee will receive if they fall for the simulated attack. The interactive training modules teach employees about social engineering, smishing attacks, malicious URLs and overall smartphone security. The platform provides security officers with data from each attack campaign, and employees can be grouped and assigned additional training in the required areas. Wombat also provides complementary software-training modules that can be used in conjunction with SmishGuru, providing a holistic approach to BYOD threats.
"As more companies embrace BYOD policies to empower employee productivity, cyber-criminals will seek new ways to trick people into providing sensitive information making text message phishing, or 'smishing,' one of several attack vectors on smartphones," principal analyst for enterprise security at Current Analysis Paula Musich said in a statement. "Text messages, like email messages, can be used to spread malware, phishing scams and other threats among mobile-device users."