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Cyber Threats

Social Media Hauntings: Students and Job Seekers Beware

Posted by Gretel Egan on Aug 30, 2017 12:50:54 PM

When I was a kid, there was a lot of collective fear among my fellow students at the idea of infractions going on a “permanent record.” This nebulous threat from parents, teachers, and administrators had many of us thinking — and fretting — about the types of behaviors and activities that could potentially be tied to us for eternity. (We were easily fooled. What can I say?)

Back in the olden days (i.e., the pre-internet years), we worried about the ramifications of an essentially baseless behavior log that we never actually saw with our own eyes. Interestingly, today’s most frightening form of a permanent record is the one that kids and adults alike are creating for themselves on social media. Unfortunately, bad decisions shared on these forums can haunt users for years to come.

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WannaCry, NotPetya, and the Evolution of Ransomware

Posted by Kurt Wescoe on Aug 9, 2017 1:12:25 PM

In the past few months, we’ve seen what will likely mark a pivot point in the evolution of ransomware and how it’s being deployed.

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Phishing, Social Engineering Are Top Concerns for Black Hat Attendees

Posted by Gretel Egan on Jul 19, 2017 12:29:08 PM

Black Hat USA 2017 kicks off in Las Vegas on July 22, and this show attracts some of the savviest information security professionals in the world. Earlier this month, Black Hat organizers released the results of its third annual attendee survey in its Portrait of an Imminent Cybersecurity Threat report. Below, we highlight some of the key findings in this year's report and compare the results to those revealed by the 2016 survey. 

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User Risk Report Shows Marked Lack of Security Awareness Among Workers

Posted by Gretel Egan on Jun 15, 2017 1:40:36 PM

Earlier this week, we released our 2017 User Risk Report, which features the results of a survey of more than 2,000 working adults — 1,000 in the US and 1,000 in the UK — who were asked about cybersecurity topics and best practices that are fundamental to data and network security. What we found out about the personal habits of these individuals was sometimes heartening, occasionally perplexing, and frequently terrifying — but always enlightening.

An interesting note before you dive into the highlights below: Our survey concluded less than 24 hours before the first reports of the global WannaCry ransomware attack began to spread. As such, the responses of the participants were not influenced by the increased media exposure that resulted from WannaCry.

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Five Tips from CISOs for Managing Emerging Cybersecurity Threats

Posted by Gretel Egan on Jun 8, 2017 10:54:11 AM

I recently had the opportunity to visit SecureWorld Atlanta 2017, where I met a number of industry experts and attended several sessions. One of those sessions was a panel discussion titled, “Hazards on the Horizon – Emerging Threats.” The panel of CISOs discussed both the current cyber threat landscape and offered advice for keeping networks and systems as secure as possible during this era of frequent cyberattacks. Each of the five panelists was asked to provide their one key piece of advice. Here’s what they said:

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