An evaluation of phishing email awareness in an information warfare age
Conference Proceedings of18th Australian Cyber Warfare Conference 2019
Deakin University Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation
School of Science / Security Research Institute
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.