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Social Engineering

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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Phishing Prevention: Don’t Become a Victim of Your Own Success

Posted by Gretel Egan on Jan 10, 2017 4:30:12 PM

Phishing emails in their many forms — spear phishing messages, business email compromise (BEC) and whaling attacks, etc. — remain a preeminent threat to organizations and individuals worldwide. The most viable path to preventing phishing scams from hitting their mark is to utilize a combination of technical safeguards (like spam filters and blacklists) and ongoing end-user security awareness training. Those who downplay the potential benefits of employee security training are forgetting that successful social engineering attacks rely on one common factor: human engagement.

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Three Scary Social Engineering Facts

Posted by Gretel Egan on Oct 31, 2016 1:31:34 PM

There is perhaps no topic more relevant to the Halloween season than social engineering. Like those who revel in the spirit of Halloween, social engineers are all about the elements of disguise and surprise. Though, at heart, social engineers exhibit ghoulish tendencies, they would never show up on your doorstep dressed to scare. Instead, they will make every attempt to lead you to believe they are someone honest and trustworthy.

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Security Spotlight: Avoiding Election Scams

Posted by Kym Harper on Oct 28, 2016 10:32:40 AM

As the U.S. enters the final weeks of a heated presidential election race, voters are being bombarded with political messages – and a slew of election-related scams. As November approaches, we expect to see a continued rise in political phishing emails, suspicious donation requests, and voter registration and survey scams.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has cautioned voters against these types of scams, which occur every election cycle because they continue to work. While educating yourself on the candidates is important during any election, it’s just as critical to stay on top of potential security threats at the polls and at home.

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Three Social Media Habits to Implement Today

Posted by Gretel Egan on Oct 14, 2016 9:19:14 AM

From thoughts to articles to updates to photos to locations to…well, just about anything…very few day-to-day activities are considered “off limits” as far as social sharing goes. And whether you agree or disagree with the fact that previously personal moments are spotlighted in the social sphere, the fact remains that you (and your family members and your friends) are likely to be impacted by this shift in some way or another.

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