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Our History & Values

usecure was founded on the principle of ‘security awareness’ – more precisely, the lack of it. After working with dozens of IT teams, we discovered that employees, by and large, were not absorbing traditional cyber security courses. The lessons were long and dry; budgets were tight; the jargon was almost impenetrable… Something had to change.

Based in Manchester, our independent team of cyber security experts monitor and support our bespoke training software, leaving online threats with nowhere to hide as your business looks to the future.

Instead of delivering compliance-based training and hoping it sticks, we meet every learner on a human level. Our lessons are simple, effective, and backed with scenarios that anyone can relate to, regardless of their online proficiency. They’re never too much to swallow, as swift bouts of learning are known to result in better engagement and retention.

Our basic approach can be carved into three steps: evaluate, educate and simulate. Each point supports the other – there are no weak links in our training structure. We provide a gap analysis to pinpoint what needs fixing. Then, as training responds to those results, we’ll give you reporting tools to measure progress. Finally, you can test the effectiveness of your security awareness programme by simulating a real-world phishing attack on your user base.

The usecure promise:

  • - Simple cyber security modules that anyone can understand
  • - Wide-ranging expertise to help you counter changing hacker tactics
  • - Empirical results that show how your workforce is progressing
  • - Convenient online learning, supported by simulated phishing campaigns and other real-world tests

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Our Mission

Cyber security can be a chore, but it’s a necessary precaution. It all relates back to people, and the power they hold over your network. Unless you invest in security awareness, your organisation will be vulnerable to digital threats.

Many organisations lack the time, resources and processes to see who’s learned what, and measure how far they’ve come. Thankfully, usecure provide the complete package, giving you peace of mind that your staff are equipped to counter any cyber challenge.

Our unique and market-leading ulearn methodology – in tandem with advanced supplementary tools – teaches users what to do, check and avoid when they’re handling your IT system. This could range from a ransomware attack to phishing attempts, and everything in-between: essentially, social engineering designed to compromise your business.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does a phishing email work?

A phishing email is carefully designed to look and feel like communications from a trustworthy source, such as a bank, retailer or HMRC. The email will encourage you to take action, either to follow a link or download a file, leaving you at the mercy of the hacker.

What is spear phishing

Spear phishing is a targeted attack, based on intelligence gained by a hacker on an individual. This allows for much more effective social engineering – an attempt to manipulate or deceive you to gain sensitive information.

Is phishing only done through email?

No: in fact, other forms of phishing are on the rise. Vishing (voice phishing, via phone), smishing (phishing via SMS), search engine and social media phishing all work on the same premise – to fool you into surrendering sensitive information.

Is phishing illegal?

Absolutely, it’s a form of identity theft and therefore taken very seriously in the eyes of the law. The problem is that hackers can be difficult to trace, meaning prevention is much easier than cure.

How advanced is your ulearn Security awareness training?

There are three levels of ulearn – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Each of our 12 modules scale up in this manner.

Are learners assessed at the end of each ulearn module?

Users must answer a series of multiple choice questions at the end of each module. They are randomised, offering no chance of pre-emptively guessing the test if someone has to take it again, or if their colleagues do it first.

How long do the ulearn courses take to complete?

ulearn doesn’t exhaust its participants; learners can choose a suitable schedule, and there’s never too much content to overwhelm them at one time.

Does your ulearn training programme provide certification?

Not officially, but learning material has been shaped to cover parts of the government’s Cyber Essentials mandate and the 7.2.2. clause of ISO 27001, which centres on user awareness. They can strengthen your aims for accreditation; we are happy to introduce you to organisations that can further your cyber security awareness programme.