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A BLOG ABOUT CYBER SECURITY

Wombat Security is a leader in security awareness and training. Our blog covers the latest cyber security news, insights, and best practices. We arm infosec professionals with the knowledge and tools they need to improve end-user behaviors and reduce organizational risk.

Author: Gretel Egan

Wombat Security Blog Author

Recent Posts

Holiday Shopping Tips: Stay Alert to These Types of Scams

Posted by Gretel Egan on Nov 15, 2017 2:49:43 PM

Holiday shopping mania seems to be in full swing already this year, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday previews and preseason deals popping up in inboxes and social feeds everywhere. And it’s not just happening in the US, despite the fact that these shopping specials are triggered by the Thanksgiving holiday. In the UK, retailers are already offering heavy discounts — some as high as 25% to 30% — which normally doesn’t happen until Black Friday and beyond. Though the offers in the UK are likely in response to rising inflation, a dip in annual sales figures, and a hike in interest rates, the aggressive sales by legitimate retailers on both sides of the pond present a golden opportunity for cybercriminals — an environment in which online shoppers are seeking (and expecting) better-than-average deals.

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Wombat Cybersecurity Education Helps Texas City Avoid BEC Attack

Posted by Gretel Egan on Nov 10, 2017 10:38:50 AM

Earlier this week, we released a new industry case study in conjunction with our partner Future Com, a leader in the network foundation, performance, and security space. The study illustrates how our security awareness and training solutions — delivered by Future Com — helped the City of Garland, Texas, reduce phishing susceptibility by 80%, build a stronger culture of security, and avoid a potentially costly business email compromise (BEC) attack.

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Reinforcing Key Topics Is Critical in Security Awareness Training

Posted by Gretel Egan on Nov 3, 2017 2:33:22 PM

Are you reinforcing key principles of cybersecurity with your end users? And are you doing so on both an awareness and training front? If you answered “no” to either of these questions — or if you’re uncertain about the differences between raising awareness and delivering training — read on to find out how you could be undercutting your chances for success.

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Scary Data Breach Statistics of 2017

Posted by Gretel Egan on Oct 27, 2017 12:20:04 PM

On October 25, the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) published its latest compilation of confirmed data breach notifications affecting US organizations and customers so far this year.* The headline numbers — 1,120 total breaches and more than 171 million records exposed — are frightening in their own right, especially considering that in all of 2016, the ITRC reported 1,039 total breaches and just over 36.6 million records exposed. But what really stood out to us in this latest look at the report wasn’t the numbers that are known, but the numbers that remain unknown.

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Connecting the Dots: The Human Factor and the Cost of Cybercrime

Posted by Gretel Egan on Oct 18, 2017 11:29:20 AM

The recently published 2017 Cost of Cyber Crime Study from Ponemon Institute and Accenture delivered some sobering statistics:

  • Organizations pay an average annualized cost of $11.7 million* to deal with cybercrime (up 23% from the prior year).
  • Organizations are dealing with an average of 130 successful security breaches each year (an uptick of 27% year over year)
  • The average cost of cybercrime has risen by 62% since 2013.
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