HOW USING THE SLAM METHOD CAN IMPROVE PHISHING DETECTION
Why has phishing remained such a large threat for so long? Because it continues to work.
Scammers evolve their methods as technology progresses, employing AI-based tactics to make targeted phishing more efficient. If phishing didn’t continue returning benefits, then scammers would move on to another type of attack. But that hasn’t been the case. People continue to get tricked.
In May of 2021, phishing attacks increased by 281%. Then in June, they spiked another 284% higher. Studies show that as soon as 6 months after a person has been trained on phishing identification, their detection skills can begin waning as they forget things.
Give employees a “hook” they can use for memory retention by introducing the SLAM method of phishing identification.
What is the SLAM Method for Phishing Identification?
One of the mnemonic devices known to help people remember information they are taught is the use of an acronym. SLAM is an acronym for four key areas of an email message that should be checked before trusting it. These are:
S = Sender
L = Links
A = Attachments
M = Message text
By giving people the term “SLAM” to remember, it’s quicker for them to do a check on any suspicious or unexpected email without missing something important. All they need to do is run down the cues in the acronym.
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