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Symantec Internet Security Threat Report: Social Engineering Facts

The Symantec Internet Security Threat Report includes vast information on security related issues, including social engineering facts.  Spam, phishing, and malware data is captured through a variety of sources.  These resources give Symantec’s analysts unparalleled sources of data with which to identify, analyze, and provide informed commentary on emerging trends in att...

Gartner Survey On The Cost of Phishing Attacks

Although a few years old, a survey from Gartner shows the cost of phishing attacks. The threat to business and consumers is substantial.  Since the survey was completed, there has been no let up on the volume of social engineering attacks, including phishing.  As RSA pointed out earlier this year there was a 59 percent increase in phishing attacks from 2011 to 2012.  As such,...

Symantec Security Report Turns Conventional Wisdom Upside Down

Symantec security report turns conventional wisdom upside down.  Small businesses thought they were immune from social engineering attacks. Not so.It is understandable for many small businesses to consider themselves relatively immune from highly complex and sophisticated malware, phishing, and social engineering attacks.  After all, the logic goes, the bad guys are after the &ldqu...

RSA Phishing Report For 2012

RSA, a division of EMC, publishes a monthly report details statistics related to online fraud. The January 2013 report, The Year In Phishing, includes summary data on phishing attacks for 2012. The RSA phishing report for 2012 findings demonstrate that phishing and other social engineering tactics remain a significant concern for business and security professionals. Some of the key findings incl...

Types Of Phishing Defined

The types of phishing are defined in this post. This list defines phishing, spear-phishing, clone phishing, and whaling.If you’re reading this blog you probably already know a good bit about security. But for those of you who are just getting started in this field, or those who want to learn a little more about the types of phishing, we’ve pulled to a list of some of the various ...

Symantec Addresses New and Unique Facebook-Specific Attacks

Symantec addresses new and unique Facebook-specific attacks. A typical characteristic of phishing attacks is their ability to adapt with the times. With the rise of social media, the bad guys have found seemingly infinite opportunities to scam unsuspecting users. After all, social media is predicated on the unfiltered exchange of information; would-be victims are easy targets given how accustome...

Phishing Attacks Primary Target May Surprise You

Kaspersky Lab, a provider of antivirus and Internet security software, recently published its review of e-mail spam malicious attacks across 2012.  The results are a classic mix of good news and bad news.First, the good news.  The amount of e-mail spam fell throughout the course of the year.  By the end of the year, the average amount of spam in email stood at 72.1 percen...

Social Engineering Attack Prevention and Mitigation

When Microsoft security experts offer advice, organizations should listen, particularly with regards to social engineering attacks. Microsoft has provided insight into social engineering attack prevention and mitigation.Social engineering attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and as a result, far more difficult to control since the attackers generally prey on the human element rat...

On-site or Offsite Social Engineering Testing

Should we perform on-site or offsite social engineering?Although there is value in onsite social engineering, for the money offsite social engineering, such as that provided by PhishingBox is much more cost effective. Only in rare circumstances, will attackers attempt anything that require their physical presence. As such, most organizations do not need onsite testing.According to a rece...

Password Weaknesses Are Exploited By Social Engineering

Password weaknesses can be exploited. Today, users are susceptible to social engineering because they access more web-based systems. With the increased adoption of cloud computing, users are logging into more internet-based systems. How can your company reduce risk to social engineering? The FFIEC states, “Controls against these attacks [social engineering] involve strong identification po...