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Phishers & Scammers & Taxes, Oh My!
Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
— Benjamin Franklin
It’s that time of year — tax season. Regardless of whether you owe or are expecting a refund, there is one thing we all should be looking out for: people who want to take your money. This is a good time of year to remember one of the least technical, but certainly one of the most dangerous aspects of our industry, social engineering.
Whether by email through a phishing scheme or via telephone and fear, there is a possibility that you will be contacted in an attempt to access your IRS records, or pushed to send money to an unauthorized, but reputable sounding party.
Here are just some of the potential social engineering scams you might see:A tax company appears... read more >
As 2016 comes to a close, instead of discussing the past breaches and security issues of 2016, it’s time to start thinking about what challenges we will face in 2017. Monitoring major security trends and predictions can help your security program stay ahead of any potential threats, and anticipate where the cyber industry is going.
We asked several of our top leadership at NTT Security about 2017, and what security trends or predictions they may have. Below we list several trends to watch out for in the next several months:
Jon Heimerl, Manager, Threat Intelligence Communication Team, NTT Security
- Resurgence in Hacktivism
As 2016 closes, political unrest has increased in several parts of the world for a variety of reasons. For example, the U.S. presidential election highlighted partisan disagreements, the European Union is struggling with...
Working from a strong foundation is the key to a successful security program
When a major security vulnerability is disclosed, everyone stops what they are doing and takes notice, especially when that vulnerability comes with its own logo. Now don’t get me wrong, newly disclosed vulnerabilities are important. They provide exciting opportunities for researchers and they do, if only temporarily, focus management’s attention on the often overlooked information security.
Don’t worry, this isn’t another blog about the pros and cons of vulnerability hype. Instead, I’d like to focus on the importance of keeping one eye on the basics, while the other is scrolling through the Twitter feed for the next upcoming disclosure. Because all too often, it is not the latest security vulnerability, but a failure to properly secure and deploy systems that is the root cause of a costly network breach.
Below are several recommendations to help keep your network more secure, and your company safe from new vulnerabilities (or old... read more >
You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
It’s that time of year again where the days grow shorter, the wind starts picking up, and the temperatures start dropping (and if you’re one of my neighbors, it also means swapping your Halloween decorations for Christmas lights. But I digress). The holiday season is just around the corner, and so are opportunities to ruin your holiday cheer. With a little caution, you can save yourself from a big headache. Below are my top tips on how to stay safe this holiday season:
Virtual credit cards – If you’re tech-savvy enough to be reading this blog, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with online shopping. Many credit cards come with an option to generate a short-term virtual credit card number associated with your main account. While we would all like to believe our information is safe with big name companies,...
The age old problem of determining how to identify and mitigate risk has certainly been something organizations have struggled with for many years.
How do you protect your organization? What tools are the best in the marketplace? What tools are good enough and work with my budget? What is my long term plan and how do I get there?
All the above questions are something we deal with every day, but there is also another constant that we often overlook, our people — education about threats and how to address them on the front line.
Let’s face it, people are vulnerable and will always be. So much so, that the National Cyber Security Alliance dedicated a whole week to educating everyone on the culture of cyber security in the workplace during National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).
We need to invest in technologies to help overcome our compulsive... read more >