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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.

Research and Analysis

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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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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Webinar: Evidence That Changing User Behaviors Reduces Cybersecurity Risks

Posted by Gretel Egan on May 5, 2017 12:42:19 PM

There should be no question in your mind that your end users’ behaviors are feeding into to your organization’s level of cybersecurity risk. But perhaps you’ve questioned whether security awareness training can truly move the dial on end-user risk reduction.

Question no more.

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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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