cyber security, education

Educating and Protecting Businesses from Phishing Attacks

Partnership Aims to Train Employees to Identify Emails Scams to Combat Social Engineering

IRIS Solutions, provider of IT solutions for businesses, is pleased to announce its partnership with KnowBe4, the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform. The partnership will empower IRIS Solutions clients to distinguish between real email and phishing attempts from hackers who try to gain access to networks and financials.  

In Q1 2018, 262,000 unique phishing emails were reported by the Anti-Phishing Working Group, a 46% increase from Q4 2017. This exponential increase, coupled with an email filter failure rate of 10.5-15%, shows the importance of awareness and educational programs like KnowBe4. KnowBe4 helps clients identify and understand the different attack vectors social engineers. The top ten most popular at this time are: 

1. Pretexting;

2. Phishing;

3. Water-Holing;

4. Quid Pro Quo;

5. Honeytrap;

6. Diversion Theft;

7. Spear Phishing;

8. Baiting;

9. Tailgating; and

10. Rogue.

According to the FBI, “Business Email Compromise” scams, attacks designed to trick employees into sending money to a fake vendor, netted at least $676 million in 2017. Just one of these attacks could cost a mid-size business upwards of $1.6 million.  “With the core of our business being small and mid-size medical and dental practices, it’s imperative that IRIS Solutions partner with industry leading companies to protect patient data. We’ve seen patient data priced three to four times higher than other personal information sold on the dark web. KnowBe4’s comprehensive security awareness training is a decisive step forward in educating customers on existential threats and safeguards,” says Reggie Stevens, CEO of IRIS Solutions.

KnowBe4 is your platform for new-school security awareness training. With this new-school integrated platform you can train and phish your users, see their Phish-prone percentage™ improve over time and get measurable results. You get on-demand, interactive, engaging training through the browser combined with unlimited simulated social engineering attacks through email, phone and text. Your KnowBe4 subscription gives you access to the world’s largest security awareness training library with always-fresh content. You can choose from dozens of categories with thousands of real-world, known-to-work phishing templates in 24 languages.

“1 in every 100 emails is a hacking attempt. This isn’t just a business expense, but one that could protect employees from phishing attacks in their personal lives. We look forward to bringing more awareness to both IRIS Solutions’ employees and clients.”


About IRIS Solutions

IRIS Solutions is the leading provider of technology services for dental and medical practices throughout the southeast U.S. For over 22 years, IRIS has acted as a thought leader in dental and medical IT support.

At IRIS, we’re totally committed to client success, and to hiring the best and supporting our people to achieve extraordinarily.

About KnowBe4

KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest integrated security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 20,000 organizations worldwide. Founded by data and IT security expert Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by raising awareness of ransomware, CEO fraud and other social engineering tactics through a new-school approach to security awareness training. Kevin Mitnick, internationally recognized computer security expert and KnowBe4’s Chief Hacking Officer, helped design KnowBe4’s training based on his well-documented social engineering tactics. Tens of thousands of organizations worldwide trust KnowBe4 to mobilize their employees as their last line of defense.

Number 96 on the 2018 Inc. 500 list, #70 on 2017 Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 and #2 in Cybersecurity Ventures Cybersecurity 500. KnowBe4 is headquartered in Tampa Bay, Florida with European offices in England, the Netherlands, Germany and offices in South Africa and Singapore.


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