PhishLine Releases Updated Security Awareness Guidebook

PhishLine, a leading anti-phishing and security awareness training provider, has released a new and improved version of its popular security awareness guidebook – Advanced Persistent Training. The purpose of the guidebook is to help security professionals to take their training programs to the next level and develop a security culture throughout their organizations.

Cyberattacks are growing in frequency and severity, with the recent WannaCry ransomware attacks an example of how serious the threat has become. Phishing and social engineering attacks are now commonplace and the scams are becoming more sophisticated and harder to identify. All too often, cybercriminals gain access to email accounts and computer networks by exploiting human weaknesses and the phishing attacks have a high success rate.

The rise in phishing, spear phishing and social engineering attacks shows just how important it is to provide security awareness training to employees. However, a one-off training course is no longer sufficient to prevent successful attacks.

The Advanced Persistent Training guidebook details the ways that security awareness training programs can be enhanced to greatly improve resilience against cyberattacks and includes numerous tips that will help security professionals develop a highly effective information security program.

The guidebook was written by Jordan Schroeder, a former department head at a technical school, information security professional and moderator of the forum. The foreword was written by PhishLine founder, president and CEO, Mark T. Chapman. Chapman says, with the right program, training and coaching techniques it is possible to “achieve measurably higher levels of compliance, engagement, and effectiveness.”

In addition to providing a wealth of useful advice on training and coaching, the guidebook includes interviews with leaders of worldwide security awareness companies. The interviews are used to help explain the importance of understanding users’ strengths and weaknesses and tailoring security awareness training to the individual to maximise the effectiveness of training programs.

The Advanced Persistent Training guidebook is available for purchase on and

Author: Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson is the Editor-in-Chief of