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Enhancing Company A’s Cybersecurity Against Phishing Attacks. Case


Company A, a mid-sized financial services firm, faced increasing threats from phishing attacks, which targeted both its employees and clients. These attacks not only posed a risk to sensitive financial data but also threatened to erode client trust in the company.

The most widespread attack involved emails that mimicked communications from Microsoft OneDrive, a cloud storage service used by the majority of the company’s employees. These emails falsely alerted recipients that they had exceeded their storage limit and suggested expanding it by clicking on a link and entering their details. The email was a phishing scam, and some employees responded to it.

Previously, the company informed its employees about potential dangers and fraud schemes through newsletters once every 2-4 months. However, as the company grew, it realized the need for a more professional level of threat awareness training.


The primary challenge was the lack of awareness and preparedness among employees regarding phishing attacks. Most employees could not distinguish between legitimate and malicious emails, making them vulnerable to such attacks. Additionally, the existing cybersecurity measures were inadequate to counter sophisticated phishing techniques.


Initially, we conducted a test phishing attack to determine the preparedness level of the employees. Together with Company A, we identified a pilot group of 20 individuals and, based on the pilot’s results, selected courses for training. The project is overseen by Company A’s IT department and the heads of departments. The company has many branches, and the department heads explain to their employees the importance and necessity of training and successfully passing tests. Each week of training, department heads received feedback on their employees’ level of preparedness.

Our team was brought in to develop and implement a comprehensive anti-phishing training program. The strategy involved a three-pronged approach:

  • Employee Education and Awareness Training: We conducted interactive workshops focusing on the identification of phishing emails, understanding the consequences of phishing attacks, and best practices to follow when handling suspicious emails. Real-world examples and simulations of phishing attempts were used for practical understanding.
  • Implementation of Phishing Simulation Tests: Periodic simulated phishing attacks were carried out to assess employee vigilance and response. These simulations provided a safe environment for employees to learn from mistakes without risking company data.
  • Enhancement of Technical Security Measures: Alongside training, we upgraded the company’s email filtering systems to better detect and block phishing attempts. This included the integration of advanced AI-based algorithms capable of identifying sophisticated phishing tactics.


  • Increased Employee Awareness: Post-training assessments showed a significant improvement in employees’ ability to recognize and report phishing emails.
  • Reduction in Successful Phishing Attacks: In the six months following the implementation of the training program, the company recorded a 70% reduction in successful phishing attacks.
  • Enhanced Incident Response: The response time to phishing incidents improved, with quicker isolation and remediation of threats.


The case of Company A highlights the importance of a holistic approach to cybersecurity, where employee training is as crucial as technical safeguards. By empowering employees with knowledge and skills to recognize phishing attempts, and enhancing technical defenses, the company significantly mitigated the risk of phishing attacks, thereby protecting its data and maintaining client trust.

Future Recommendations

90% of incidents within an organization occur due to employees’ lack of knowledge of cybersecurity rules. Protect your company by teaching your staff how to properly handle suspicious emails and other social engineering threats.

Continued training and regular updates on emerging phishing techniques are recommended to ensure long-term resilience against these evolving cyber threats. Additionally, fostering a culture of cybersecurity awareness across all levels of the organization will further strengthen the company’s defense mechanisms.

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