Tag: Phishing

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 […]

Cybersecurity Issues to Keep an Eye on in the New Year

With record-breaking attacks in 2021 according to Crowdstrike, end-users and organizations must remain vigilant to protect against cybersecurity threats. Gartner, an IT industry research firm, predicts that by 2025 more than 75% of organizations will face one or more attacks by bad actors due to the exponential growth in the threat landscape. According to an Identity […]

Spear Phishing vs. Phishing: 7 Ways to Protect Your Organization

Phishing attacks have ramped up since the start of the pandemic with the majority of workforces transitioned to a remote setting. Spear phishing has particularly seen an increase and can be even more harmful due to its targeted approach. Hackers target and personalize messages to a specific individual, group, or organization in a spear phishing […]

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Beware of Phishing Attacks—Actionable Advice to Protect Your Company’s Data

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, we are all being forced to adjust our new daily routines, and this includes cybercriminals. Since the start of the crisis, security teams are reporting an overall rise in all types of cyberattacks, ranging from phishing, account takeovers, and even activating long-dormant ransomware attacks. Keeping in mind that […]