AI (artificial intelligence) deepfakes are a growing concern in the realm of cyber security. In the last few years, cyber criminals have been using AI deepfakes for phishing attacks, and this trend is on the rise.
In this blog post, we discuss the threat of these types of attacks and how to use elearning to train your staff to recognise and avoid them.
What are AI deepfakes?
AI deepfakes are artificially generated multimedia files that use machine-learning algorithms to manipulate images, audio and video files, making them look authentic and believable.
The technology behind them is becoming increasingly sophisticated and it is now possible to create convincing deepfake media.
AI deepfakes in phishing attacks
Phishing is the most common cyber attack, where cyber criminals send messages that look like they are from a legitimate organisation or website to trick people into giving away their sensitive information.
To achieve the same result, AI deepfake phishing attacks involve impersonating people through bogus videos or audio recordings.
According to recent research, the proliferation of deepfake content is surging by over 400% each year, accompanied by an increase in attacks utilizing manipulated audio and video.
Europol has also cautioned that deepfake technology may soon become a favoured weapon in the arsenal of cybercriminals.
This emphasizes the urgent need for heightened awareness and proactive measures to combat this evolving threat.
As technology becomes more advanced, it will be increasingly difficult for people to distinguish between real and fake.
Tips for training your staff
Here are some tips on using e-learning to train your staff:
Educate employees on the basics
Use elearning modules to teach your staff what deepfakes are, how they work and the risks they pose. Case studies are particularly effective at getting the message across as these attacks are still a relatively new phenomenon.
Train staff to spot deepfake attacks
Identifying deepfake phishing attacks includes being aware of unusual requests for information, inconsistencies in tone or grammar, and any suspicious behaviour from staff accounts.
Many of the key indicators overlap with more traditional social engineering attack identifiers.
Regularly testing staff awareness with e-learning ensures they can recognise the signs and protect your organisation. Consider testing them through activities such as identifying the signs of deepfakes using real world examples.
Bespoke e-learning solutions for AI deepfake training
By raising awareness and testing employee knowledge, alongside implementing security protocols (such as AI detection tools), you can protect sensitive information and prevent AI deepfake attacks.
At GRC eLearning, we understand the importance of equipping your employees with the knowledge they need to navigate workplace requirements effectively.
Our bespoke solutions take a broader look at your requirements through a detailed learning needs analysis and identify any difficulties you currently experience.
GRC eLearning’s experts will develop a tailored staff awareness solution using different media channels and formats to address your needs.
E-learning courses can help change organisational cultures and tackle employee behaviour, generating tangible and lasting organisation-wide awareness of the topic.
These complex solutions can range from a single bespoke e-learning module to a multi-component awareness programme that includes pocket guides, posters, email signatures, and more.