Email Malware Trends

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As with phishing fraud, malware distributed in emails requires social engineering to convince its recipient to open the attachment or to click on a link. Attachments can be disguised as fake invoices, office documents, or other files, and often exploits an unpatched vulnerability in the software application used to open that type of file. Malicious...
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Cyber Insurance Carriers: Covering Your Digital Assets

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Last year, cybersecurity incidents cost companies hundreds of billions of dollars. These costs included everything from public relations and crisis management consulting, forensic investigation costs, outside legal counsel, credit monitoring, notifications, call centers and more. In addition to monetary loss, breached companies faced other, more intangible “losses,” such as business interruption, reputational damage, litigation and...
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Antivirus On Endpoints Is Not Enough

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On endpoints, it is important to have the latest versions of antivirus software installed. Deploy and use a comprehensive endpoint security product that includes additional layers of protection, including: Endpoint intrusion prevention that protects unpatched vulnerabilities from being exploited, protects against social engineering attacks, and stops malware from reaching endpoints. Browser protection for avoiding obfuscated...
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Data Breach Discovery Methods

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The protracted length of time during which a breach goes unnoticed by the victim begs the question of how organizations finally become aware of their circumstances. There is no shortage of technologies, processes, or services available to alert customers of such events. In cases handled during the four-year period of this study, investigators made it...
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Safeguarding Against Social Engineering

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Cybercrime costs the global economy up to US$575 billion annually according to BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research. It is everyone’s responsibility to do all they can to prevent that from happening. For consumers, it’s time kick bad habits. Many people know the basics of good cyber security, yet people continue to share their passwords. In...
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Adopt Comprehensive Website Security

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Scan regularly. Keep an eye on your web servers and watch for vulnerabilities or malware. Automation tools can help with this. Use antivirus. Antivirus software isn’t just for PCs and smart ­phones?it’s for servers too and could help prevent a serious malware attack against your entire website infrastructure. Be picky about your plugins. The software...
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Data Breaches Large And Small

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Whether an insider attack, or criminal fraud focused on websites and point-of-sale devices, data breaches continued in 2015, costing victims more than ever. The number of mega-breaches climbed to the highest level since 2013. The number of breaches where the full extent of a breach was not revealed, increased; fewer companies declined to publish the...
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Security

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Computer crime, or cybercrime, is any crime that involves a computer and a network.[1] The computer may have been used in the commission of a crime, or it may be the target.[2] Netcrime is criminal exploitation of the Internet, inherently a cybercrime.[3] Dr. Debarati Halder and Dr. K. Jaishankar (2011) define Cybercrimes as: “Offences that...
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Security Solutions

Computer security, also known as cybersecurity or IT security, is security applied to computers, computer networks, and the data stored and transmitted over them. The field is of growing importance due to the increasing reliance of computer systems in most societies.[1] Computer systems now include a very wide variety of “smart” devices, including smartphones, televisions...
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