The Light in the Dark: Myths and Truths about the Dark Web

Posted by Alexa Villanueva

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

There are many misconceptions about the dark web and what goes on in the “digital underground”. Though the dark web is usually associated with criminal activities including drug dealing, human trafficking, selling counterfeit consumer goods and many other malicious acts, not everything in the dark web is completely “dark”.

Many questions are frequently asked about the dark web and to further understand it here are some of the greatest myths and truths to help answer them.

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Topics: online risk, cybersecurity, dark web, cyber intelligence

Threat Brief: Ransomware Prevention Best Practices

Posted by Alexa Villanueva

Thu, Jun 01, 2017

Ransomware is now the #1 security concern for organizations

Ransomware is a cyber epidemic that continues to evolve, targeting home users, businesses, and government networks globally. This type of cyberattack blocks access to your computer or network, and holds the information “hostage” until ransom is paid by virtual currency (typically Bitcoins). Ransomware infection methods are no different than “typical” malware - opening email attachments (even from known-senders), or visiting a webpage that surreptitiously installs the code.

The latest cyberattack in history, named “WannaCry”, recently affected more than 400,000 systems in 150 countries including United States, Canada and China (with the largest concentration of computers infected due to unlicensed or outdated versions of Windows), and approximately 4,000 other ransomware attacks have occurred daily since January 2016.

Understand what you need to do to monitor and protect your computer and information from these cyberattacks. This month's BrandProtect Executive Threat Brief provides the best practices to avoid the ransomware epidemic.

BrandProtect Executive Threat Briefs are designed to minimize your exposure by educating you and your team about simple steps you can take to protect your personal information online.


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Topics: mobile app monitoring, Phishing, cybercrime, social media, cyber threats, mobile malware, ThreatBrief, ransomware

Data Breach: How to Safeguard Your Data

Posted by Alexa Villanueva

Thu, May 25, 2017

In today’s cyber-focused environment, data breaches have become a common situation affecting many companies, whether a result of a targeted attack or an inside job. This form of cybercrime has exposed the data of billions of individuals and resulted in significant losses to the global economy.

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Topics: data breach, cybercrime, data loss prevention, cybersecurity

WannaCry Ransomware: 5 Steps to Protect Your Company Against It

Posted by Alexa Villanueva

Mon, May 15, 2017

On Friday, May 12 2017 a large scale cyber-attack known as “WannaCry” was launched targeting more than 230,000 computers in 150 countries affecting Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), FedEx, LATAM Airlines and other important companies around the world.

This is certainly not the last time we’ll hear about this cyber-attack, here’s what you need to know…
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Topics: hackers, online risk, ransomware, Cyber Attack

Threat Brief: Cyber Threats and How They Can Damage Your Reputation

Posted by Shanna Gordon

Mon, May 01, 2017

"Damage to Reputation and Brand is the #1 risk
(both current and projected) for 2017."

Job scams, phishing, and identity theft—while most people would recognize some or all of those as “cyber threats”, one thing that few people realize is that none of those can have as big an impact as a threat to your reputation.

Both people and brands alike can spend years building up the public trust, building up their reputation, to the point where they are beloved by all—but being so high in the minds of the public only means that it takes a single misstep to come tumbling down.

Understand what you need to do to monitor and protect your brand and reputation online. This month's BrandProtect Executive Threat Brief provides the knowledge to avoid reputation risk, and helps you with key tips to keep you protected.

BrandProtect Executive Threat Briefs are designed to minimize your exposure by educating you and your team about simple steps you can take to protect your personal information online.


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Topics: Phishing, cybercrime, social media, cyber threats, mobile malware, Spear Phishing, Social Engineering, ThreatBrief

Threat Brief: Personal Device Awareness

Posted by Peter Dylan

Mon, Apr 03, 2017

 


What if your phone was hacked? Would you know?

Despite persistent rumors to the contrary, mobile devices are vulnerable to attacks in the same way any computer is. A smart phone is exactly that: a computer, and it should at least keep up with the same level of security. Traveling in your pocket, in and out of carefully designed security perimeters, your phones are always on, and always connected. In your portfolio of devices, the phone is both under protected and highly vulnerable. Hence, why it should be your most protected, but most can profess this is not the case.

An unsecured device becomes an easy entry point for hackers to eventually gain access to your organization’s security perimeter or worse, your personal, family affairs. This month's BrandProtect Executive Threat Brief offers a solid foundation for you to fully utilize the security features that come with your device, and to establish a groundwork for hardening the overall security of your most vulnerable companion—the device in your pocket.

BrandProtect Executive Threat Briefs are designed to minimize your exposures by educating you and your team about simple steps you can take to protect your personal information online.


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Topics: Phishing, cybercrime, social media, cyber threats, mobile malware, Spear Phishing, Social Engineering, ThreatBrief

Threat Brief: Secure messaging -- Keeping your private messages private

Posted by Peter Dylan

Wed, Mar 01, 2017

 

Recently there has been news of White House staff using the messaging app Confide to carry out day-to-day communications, in order to mitigate the possibility of information leaks.  Confide is part of the world of Secure Messaging apps, which employ a combination of encryption and other functions to prevent unauthorized access to the messages they send.

Data leaks are becoming all-too-common news events. As a result, the threat of our own information being part of a nationally-publicised breach is a growing concern. Many of us are suspecting (and rightfully so) our most-used messaging apps, such as email, as being inherently insecure, which is leading to the pursuit of alternative platforms that will hold our private matters to a higher standard of security.

This month's BrandProtect Executive Threat Brief looks at secure messaging – what makes it secure, and what you should look for in choosing a messaging platform that will stand against even the most sophisticated of prying-eyes.

BrandProtect Executive Threat Briefs are designed to minimize your exposures by educating you and your team about simple steps you can take to protect your personal information online.


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Topics: Phishing, cybercrime, social media, cyber threats, mobile malware, Spear Phishing, Social Engineering, ThreatBrief

2017 Trends: Ransomware, Malware, and Phishing -- Not Going Away Any Time Soon....

Posted by Greg Mancusi-Ungaro

Wed, Jan 18, 2017

More than 200,000 new malware samples were found every day in the first half of 2016 according to the APWG’s (Anti-Phishing Working Group) crime ware statistics.  While down slightly compared to 2015, it doesn’t necessarily signal the end of the ransomware/malware/phishing epidemic that has impacted businesses and the public for many years.

In fact, the opposite may be true, at least in highly targeted industries. Analysis of cyberattacks by BrandProtect, reveals that Q3 phishing attacks against banks, insurers, and other financial services enterprises rose 30 percent during Q3 2016 year/year.  More significantly, the BrandProtect analysis reveals that while the majority of phishing attacks remains simple in design and execution, the percentage of sophisticated phishing exploits – attacks that automate subjugation of website infrastructure and deploy multiple phishing URLs – has increased dramatically. These sophisticated attacks generate the majority of phishing URLs that must be taken down. 

“There is no doubt that sophisticated phishing attacks are becoming the norm,” said Dylan Sachs, Director of Anti-Phishing Services and Incident Response at BrandProtect. “Instead of launching attacks from a single URL, a sophisticated phishing attack will generate and launch attacks from ten, twenty, one hundred, or even more URLs. To put this in perspective, during the third quarter of 2016, just ten percent of the phishing attacks that we detected targeting our clients generated approximately slightly more than fifty percent of the URLs that needed to be taken down.”

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Topics: Malware, Phishing, CISO, ransomware, Digital Governance

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