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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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The Latest on the WannaCry Ransomware Attack

Posted by Gretel Egan on Jun 2, 2017 3:03:46 PM

Three weeks post-attack, and WannaCry is still top-of-mind for infosec professionals worldwide. This was very much in evidence during this week’s SecureWorld Atlanta, which I had the privilege of attending. Multiple sessions — including a panel discussion that featured Wombat Chief Architect Kurt Wescoe — covered ransomware attacks in general, but the conversations all spent a fair amount of time focusing on WannaCry and its impact.

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Three Keys to Avoiding Phishing Emails and Ransomware Attacks

Posted by Gretel Egan on May 19, 2017 8:18:00 AM

If the past few weeks are any indication, consumers and businesses are under full-scale cyberattack. The early May “Google Docs” phishing attacks reportedly affected approximately one million Gmail users and more than 3,000 organizations. And last week’s WannaCry ransomware attack spread like wildfire to ultimately affect more than 200,000 systems around the globe, including healthcare, transportation, banking, telecom, and government networks. Though the WannaCry outbreak appears to have relied less on phishing emails than prior larger-scale ransomware attacks, both this and the Google scam heavily depended on human error to propagate.

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Wombat CEO Joe Ferrara Receives ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award

Posted by Gretel Egan on May 17, 2017 11:11:20 AM

We are proud to share that Joe Ferrara, Wombat President and CEO, was recently recognized as the “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Ferrara received the coveted Carnegie Science Award for leading Wombat’s mission to reduce security risk among organizations of all sizes through comprehensive cybersecurity awareness training programs. The formal awards celebration was held on Friday, May 12, at the Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Verizon’s 2017 DBIR Shows Phishing Is Still a Big Factor in Data Breaches

Posted by Gretel Egan on May 9, 2017 11:56:17 AM

The recently released 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) is Verizon’s tenth look at real-world security events that are impacting organizations around the globe.* We again contributed to this report, and looked forward to seeing what this year’s study would reveal about the state of data security.

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