In this paper, we present our research in progress of a field experiment conducted to observe the impact of collective security behavior of teams when being targeted with a spear phishing attack on online social networks. To observe the shaping of security networks in teams, fifteen different honeypot profiles were created to send spear phishing messages after an initial bonding of eight weeks to the target group of 76 people. The experiment simulated a regular communication on online social networks of three teams of an international organization. The team members were entangled in personal and individual chats on an online social network to later react to an unexpected and unforeseen spear phishing message. As previous research has shown, various aspects influence the spear phishing susceptibility, but the collective security behavior has currently been neglected. This work plans to evaluate how security networks are being formed, the factors relevant to shape those networks and efforts to protect against spear phishing attacks.
Lamprecht, Robert; Eckhart, Andreas; and Wright, Ryan T., "Bait the hook to suit the phish, not the phisherman: A field experiment on security networks of teams to withstand spear phishing attacks on online social networks" (2021). WISP 2021 Proceedings. 6.