Title

An evaluation of phishing email awareness in an information warfare age

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Title

Conference Proceedings of18th Australian Cyber Warfare Conference 2019

Publisher

Deakin University Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation

Editor(s)

Warren, M

School

School of Science / Security Research Institute

RAS ID

30505

Comments

Szewczyk, P., Troiani, A., Hansen, L., (2019), An Evaluation of Phishing Email Awareness in an Information Warfare Age. In Proceedings of 18th Australian Cyber Warfare Conference, 10-20, Deakin University, Deakin University Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation.

Abstract

This study investigated end-user awareness of contemporary phishing emails coupled with evaluating the success of specific scam types. In order to determine the ability of end-users to detect different phishing scams, an online survey was developed that required respondents to view ten emails and determine the authenticity. 83 respondents participated in the study between April and May 2019. 60 participants were unable to correctly identify a phishing email with a spoofed source email address. Respondents were also less proficient at identifying phishing emails when provided the opportunity to click on suspicious or unsafe links than they were at identifying emails with suspicious sender addresses.

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