Tips and Tricks for Using GoPhish on AWS for Security Awareness Training


GoPhish is a phishing simulator designed to supplement security awareness training programs. To make the most out of GoPhish, there are several tips and tricks that can help you make the most of HailBytes’s phishing simulator to protect your AWS environment. By following these tips and tricks, you can effectively train your employees to avoid phishing attempts.

Tips and Tricks

  • Set clear goals: Clearly establish your goals and objectives for the campaign. Determine what kind of behaviors or actions you want to promote or discourage among your users.


  • Obtain proper authorization: Make sure you have the necessary permissions and approvals to conduct phishing simulations within your organization.


  • Good security practices: Implement appropriate security measures for your GoPhish server. Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) for access, regularly update the software, and apply necessary patches. Ensure that your server is not publicly accessible and restrict access to authorized individuals.


  • Customize your phishing emails: Tailor your phishing emails to be realistic and relevant to your organization. Create convincing email content, using realistic sender addresses and subject lines. Personalize the emails as much as possible to increase their effectiveness.


  • Segment your target audience: Divide your user base into different groups based on their roles, age group, or other relevant factors. This allows you to create more targeted and customized phishing campaigns.


  • Conduct regular and varied simulations: Run phishing simulations regularly to keep security awareness high. Vary the types of simulations you use, such as credential harvesting, malicious attachments, or deceptive links.


  • Analyze and report on results: Monitor and analyze the results of your phishing campaigns. Identify trends, vulnerabilities, and areas for improvement. Generate reports to share with management and demonstrate the effectiveness of the training program.


  • Provide immediate feedback: Once users fall for a phishing email, redirect them to a training page that explains the nature of the simulation and provides educational resources on how to identify phishing attempts.


When used effectively, GoPhish is an essential tool to prevent employees from falling for phishing attempts. By following the tips and tricks mentioned above, you can maximize the effectiveness of your security awareness training program, protecting your AWS environment.