Phishing is now recognized as a 2007 SANS Top 20 risk, and rightly so. What I was even more excited to see is SANS calling out the countermeasure correctly. They didn’t recommend deploying millions of dollars worth of technology to “catch” phishing attacks, but said “user awareness is a key defense. The most promising method of stopping spear phishing is continuous periodic awareness training for all users; this may even involve mock phishing attempts to test awareness”. As I said in a previous blog post , we are in total agreement with SANS on the efficacy of this countermeasure. In fact we are so in agreement that we have developed a solution (http://cofense.com/) to do exactly that – run mock phishing attacks to test and measure employee awareness.
Now for the gimmicksmen. Qualys just made an interesting announcement – “Free security scan available for the new SANS Top 20“. I wonder how they are going to scan for phishing vulnerabilities.