Tag: Phishing

How U.S. Businesses Are Suffering from the Lack of Personal Data Privacy Laws

It’s been over four years since the European Union implemented its groundbreaking General Data Protection Regulation. The GDPR has become the model for personal data privacy laws in many other countries and for the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which took effect in 2020. New data privacy laws are set to take effect in four […]

IBM Report Reveals Top Data Breach Trends as Costs Hit All-Time High

IBM Security released its 2022 Cost of a Data Breach Report, revealing costlier and higher-impact data breaches than ever before, with the global average cost of a data breach reaching an all-time high of $4.35 million for studied organizations. With breach costs increasing nearly 13% over the last two years of the annual report, the findings suggest these […]

Apple, Google, and Microsoft Partner to Scrap Passwords

In a joint effort to make the web more secure and usable for all, tech giants Apple, Google, and Microsoft announced plans to expand support for a common passwordless sign-in standard created by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium. The companies said the new capability will allow websites and apps to offer […]

For a Stronger Human Firewall, Use Tough Love

It all started with a valentine. Earlier this year, my team and I aimed Cupid’s arrow at Businessolver employees to show them that—to borrow a phrase—there’s a thin line between love and bait: We orchestrated a phishing simulation via an email claiming to be from our CEO wishing them a happy Valentine’s Day. Was it […]

Calif. Man Convicted for $23M Phishing Scam Against U.S. Department of Defense

Cybercrime can impact anyone, anywhere, and that includes even the U.S. government. A California man was convicted on six counts related to the theft of over $23 million from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), money destined for one of its jet fuel suppliers, according to U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Philip […]

Report Ranks Top 10 Most Imitated Brands in Phishing Attacks

Social media network LinkedIn became, by far, the most impersonated brand in phishing attempts worldwide during the first quarter of 2022 (Q1’22), according to a new report. In a brand phishing attack, cybercriminals try to imitate the official website of a well-known brand by using a similar domain name or URL and webpage design to […]

Cybersecurity Mishaps Cost 1 in 4 Employees Their Jobs: Report

One in four employees lost their job in the last 12 months after making a mistake that compromised their company’s cybersecurity, according to a new report from email security company Tessian. The report, which explores why people make errors at work, also found that: Just over one in four respondents (26%) fell for a phishing […]

IBM Report Examines Cyberattack Trends of 2021

Ransomware and vulnerability exploitations together were able to “imprison” businesses across the globe in 2021, with manufacturing emerging as the most targeted industry while supply chain woes grew, according to a new report from IBM Security. While the annual X-Force Threat Intelligence Index found phishing was the most common cause of cyberattacks in general in the past […]

Back to Basics: Understanding Phishing

Back to Basics is a new article series highlighting important, but possibly overlooked, information that security professionals should know. All businesses need to take steps to understand and combat shoplifting, including security professionals. While most shoplifting deals with people taking merchandise, phishing is a cybercrime in which information is stolen through deceit, which is used […]

Cyberthreat Response Tips for Small and Midsize Businesses

Small and midsize businesses have unique challenges as they work to protect themselves from being victims of cyberattacks. Daniel Lowrie, a certified ethical hacker who has spent the last 20 years in the information technology field, spoke with Rob Carson, founder and CEO of Semper Sec, a company that builds security programs and navigates security […]