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Social Engineering
Awareness Course

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About the course

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Social Engineering is the manipulation of people into carrying out specific actions or divulging information that is of use to an attacker, and it is one of the biggest cyber threats affecting companies today. It is commonly used to deliver malicious software or to collect valuable or sensitive information from an organisation. This Social Engineering Awareness Course is designed to train your staff so that they ensure your organisation maintains robust defences against this threat.

As the only certified Social Engineering Awareness course in the UK, it equips your staff with the skills to identify and combat social engineering attacks, including phishing, vishing and impersonation attacks. We put your staff in the shoes of the hackers as they gather intelligence on fictional companies and employees, before crafting their own phishing attack. Seeing information from the attackers’ perspective enables your employees to recognise the value of information on sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter and see how attackers can use even an innocent picture of you at your favourite restaurant as part of a successful cyber-attack.

This 4-hour course aims to not just raise awareness of threats but also to give participants the confidence to make security suggestions and discuss security concerns with colleagues.

This Social Engineering Awareness Course has been certified by GCHQ and has been developed and is delivered by cyber experts Red Goat Cyber Security and accredited by APMG International.

Delegates may also find our one day Cyber & Information Security course useful.

All courses run from 9.00 a.m. to 1 p.m.

£235 + VAT per delegate

Please call us on 0117 949 1500 for further details, available dates and to find out how to book your place.


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Who should take the course?

The course is aimed at all members of staff who could be at risk of a social engineering attack, from customer service staff to finance, HR and Board level. Understanding the threat and how to defend against it is something that is important for all employees. No specific I.T knowledge is required.

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Benefits – individual?

The awareness and skills learnt on this course help defend individuals both as employees and individuals. Hackers do not differentiate between your public and private online activity and often cyber-attacks cross between these areas. Employees are your first line of defence against social engineering attacks.

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Benefits – organisation?

Whatever the size of your organisation, you can benefit by:
• Improving your defences against the most common and effective forms of cyber attack.
• Minimising banking fraud liability - bear in mind that banks are increasingly unwilling to refund monies where social engineering of staff has led to the financial loss.
• Showing compliance with ICO advice -  the ICO explicitly states that organisations should train their staff to be aware of phishing, vishing & impersonation attacks as part of their data protection training.
• Mitigating the risk of non-compliance with the GDPR.
• Demonstrating your commitment to security to your clients by having your staff trained on a GCHQ certified course.

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At the end of the course, delegates complete a 20-minute multiple choice exam, with a pass mark of 70%.

Upon successful completion of this exam, delegates receive a Certificate of completion of a GCHQ accredited course.

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Key Features

The course is 4 hours long including a break and the exam. It includes the following:

  • A full overview of social engineering
  • An opportunity for delegates to reinforce their learning in a practical and memorable way by becoming "hackers" themselves and targeting fictional staff with convincing phishing attacks.
  • An explanation of some types of defences which can be deployed to the prevent the attacks they have learnt about.
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