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Q4 Phishing Report Shows Mixed Bag of Trends, a Need for Diverse Training

Posted by Gretel Egan on Apr 7, 2017 9:22:32 AM

Though the Anti-Phishing Working Group’s (APWG’s) headline statement in its Q4 Phishing Activity Trends Report was about the record-shattering number of reported phishing attacks during 2016, there were also some interesting downward trends noted in the data.

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The Real Bracket Buster? Scammers Who Steal Your Data (and Your Dough).

Posted by Gretel Egan on Mar 13, 2017 8:25:28 AM

For fans of NCAA Men’s Basketball, there may be no surer sign of spring than Selection Sunday. Now that the matchups have been (mostly) set, the madness of March can begin — cue the filling out of brackets, the search for this year’s Cinderella teams, and the wondering of whether this will finally be the moment a 16 seed topples a conference favorite (however unlikely that may be).

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Worst Passwords of 2016: Same Story, Different Year

Posted by Gretel Egan on Mar 8, 2017 9:05:25 AM

Outside of locks and keys (which become more antiquated by the minute), perhaps the most basic of all security safeguards is a password. Unfortunately, it seems that “basic” is as far as many people are going in constructing the passwords that are in place to keep very private — and very valuable — data safe.

We reviewed SplashData’s 2015 edition of its “Worst Passwords List” last year…and it seems not much has changed with its 2016 tallies.

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Put Less Emphasis on Phishing Trends, More Emphasis on Managing Risk

Posted by Gretel Egan on Jan 25, 2017 10:46:05 AM

As we indicated in our recent 2017 State of the Phish Report summary, we noticed some positive trends with regard to the reported volume of phishing attacks, and these trends coincided with the numbers noted in the Anti-Phishing Working Group’s Phishing Trends Report, 3rd Quarter 2016, which was released in late December. The APWG headlined its report summary with “Record Wave of Phishing Comes to an Ebb in Autumn 2016” and noted several key comparison metrics:

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A Key Cybersecurity Resolution for 2017: Collaborate More

Posted by Gretel Egan on Jan 4, 2017 11:41:21 AM

With the turning of a new calendar page comes the tendency to take stock of the prior year and think ahead to how key aspects of business and personal lives might be improved in the coming months. As you ponder your plans for 2017, we encourage you to actively pursue opportunities to collaborate with external and internal entities. And before you write off the suggestion, consider this: Multiple experts state that while legitimate organizations and infosec professionals approach the idea of collaboration with concern and suspicion, cybercriminals have embraced the practice and are using shared intelligence to strengthen their operations and maximize the effectiveness of their attacks.

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