Researchers from the University of Sussex and the University of Auckland, seen here, took a close look at what compels people to click on phishing scams. (possumgirl2, CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

A new academic research article published in the Journal of Computer Information Systems suggests that cybersecurity technology and policies alone cannot adequately address rampant phishing threats. Effective security awareness training must also be part of the equation.

Additionally, the article concludes that negative consequences such as shame and disapproval from fellow employees were among the most effective factors deterring surveyed employees from falling for phishing scams.

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