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An Office 365 Phishing Simulator – How can it help remote workers?

Could an Office 365 Phishing Simulator be the key to strong cybersecurity?

Office 365 is widely popular for businesses across the UK. That’s why it’s one of the most impersonated brands for phishing emails. But what does an Office 365 phishing simulator look like?

We are big believers in Office 365 and the benefits it can bring to a business environment. Having access to the entire Microsoft Office Suite is a great start. But then having email security and cloud computing options make it a no brainer to adopt to enable business growth.

However, due to Office 365 having a lot of authentication and login requirements. There are always issues around password strength and login sessions. We’ve uploaded guides before on how to create new passwords and keep your passwords secure, but inevitably, mistakes are made.

And to add further worry, Microsoft has revealed this week that Office 365 users will have the option to review and retrieve emails that had been quarantined. This is to give users control and not have important emails go missing. In reality, this just gives more opportunity for phishing emails and scammers to get through to less savvy and educated users.

Coupling this with the fact that the majority of the UK are now working remotely. Cybersecurity has become a bigger issue than ever before. That’s why we launched a cybersecurity training platform called SecureIT.

One of the best features we created was an Office 365 phishing simulator. Where an administrator can send out phishing emails that are 100% safe but reveal to your organisation who is likely to put your company in danger.

What does an Office 365 phishing simulator look like?

Within SecureIT, we’ve developed hundreds of templates that closely replicate popular emails users would normally receive in their inbox. For example, Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix, and eBay are some of the most common.

Below is one we’ve developed for Microsoft Office 365, with the first email explaining that there is a problem or risk with the user’s account…

The point of action want the user to either change their password or login to their account

office 365 phishing simulator
office 365 phishing simulator

The following links take the user to a domain page where Office 365 login credentials are required.

office 365 phishing simulator
office 365 phishing simulator

If the user enters their details, the Office 365 simulator tells the user that this was a simulation and they have failed. But their data is safe and the company is not at risk.

How can a simulator help employees?

Simply put. An Office 365 simulator triggers learning on a wider scale.

Our system means any users who fail the simulation, automatically receive further learning about why they failed. Course content, quizzes, and videos all explaining the dangers of phishing and how not to be caught out in the future.

Looking for further help?

If a an Office 365 phishing simulator is a step to advanced for you. Our security partner Datto has some great tips in regard to cybersecurity. You can view them here.

Ready to implement an Office 365 phishing simulator into your cybersecurity policy?

If you’re interested in how SecureIT can work with your business, get in contact with us on 02920 887 362 or send us an email at

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