Security Mentor Combats Major Cyber Security Threats with PhishDefense

Security Mentor, pioneer of innovative security awareness training that drives real behavior change, today announced the most recent version of the PhishDefense phishing simulation service. PhishDefense provides continual security awareness by training employees to spot and resist phishing attacks, while identifying employees susceptible to attacks. Combined with Security Mentor’s award-winning Security Awareness Training, organizations can quickly and easily train their staff to be cyber savvy and become one of the organization’s strongest security defenses.

“Phishing is among the most effective cyberattacks against businesses and individuals,” said Marie White, CEO and President, Security Mentor. “These attacks are continually becoming more advanced and trickier to spot. PhishDefense enables organizations to get in front of this widespread threat by training their employees to spot and avoid attacks, preventing them from becoming the next victims. Unique from other phishing simulation services, Security Mentor not only trains vulnerable employees, but rewards positive behavior by tying PhishDefense to our gamification platform, rewarding employees who don’t fall for phishing attacks.”

According to Verizon’s 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report, phishing tops the list of security concerns with 30 percent of phishing messages being opened. PhishDefense enables organizations to safely phish their own staff by launching simulated phishing campaigns and then tracking individual employee behavior. Vulnerable employees are directed to a brief, targeted, real-time training session. Administrators can view reports online, or downloaded, summarizing the success of phishing campaigns.

PhishDefense features include:


  • Self-Service or Managed Service: Organizations choose the type of service that best fits their needs.
  • Features: Pre-built template phishing messages and training pages make set-up simple, or create organizations can add their own templates. Targeted sending domains make attacks look real.
  • Campaigns: Phishing campaigns are created and launched based on our client’s specifications.
  • Tracking: The PhishDefense service tracks employees opening phishing simulation messages and clicking on phishing links in messages.
  • Reports: The interface includes the ability to view graphic or tabular reports online, or to export them for use locally or for establishing compliance.

The Security Mentor Security Awareness Training Platform drives real employee behavior change by providing a comprehensive training program including the most robust cyber security training available on the market today. Supporting services include the PhishDefense phishing simulation service, policy hosting & management, and awareness materials. For more information, visit the company’s website, follow the company on Twitter at @SecurityMentor and on LinkedIn.

About Security Mentor

Security Mentor is a visionary and global leader in the security awareness training and education industry. Organizations worldwide rely on the Security Mentor Training Platform to transform their workforces into security savvy employees. The foundation of the Training Platform is our security awareness training which provides brief, interactive, highly engaging lessons that teach critical security skills in an easy-to-understand, fun format that drives real behavior change. Security Mentor’s training is available as a cloud-based service with optional Federated Single Sign-on (SSO), or as SCORM 1.2 compliant modules for use with an organization’s own Learning Management System (LMS). Security Mentor’s phishing simulation service, PhishDefense, provides continual security awareness training by enabling organizations to safely phish their own staff, track employee behavior and direct vulnerable employees to brief, targeted, real-time training sessions. Security Mentor’s Policy Hosting & Management service provides a single portal from which clients can easily manage security policy compliance and training. Incorporated in 2008, Security Mentor’s innovative products and services are used by Fortune 500 enterprises, military, state and local governments, nonprofits and education institutions.

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