KnowBe4 – Security Threats & Trends Report – October 2019

Tony MasonSecurity Awareness & Phishing

Executive Summary The yearly, independent, KnowBe4 2019 Security Threats and Trends Survey polled 600 organisations worldwide mid-2019. They asked questions on the major security issues they will face in the next 12 to 18 months. A majority of corporations – 86% – have proactively amplified security initiatives over the last year to combat the increase in cyber security attacks. Nearly … Read More

World Password Day

Tony MasonData Protection, Security Awareness & Phishing

Today is World Password Day which is a great occasion to be briefing our staff on the dangers of reusing passwords. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have reported on the most commonly used passwords found that have been accessed by third parties in global cyber breaches.  Their breach analysis showed 23.2 million victim accounts worldwide used 123456 as a … Read More

Phishing Attacks Now More Common Than Malware

Tony MasonSecurity Awareness & Phishing

The latest annual Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) has just been issued and indicates that phishing attacks are now by far the most frequent cyber threat.  Since their last report, phishing attacks have increased 250%. Microsoft’s security team are in a great position to analyse trends in cyber security threats.  Their figures are based on their internal scans of O365 … Read More

Ransomware-as-a-Service

Tony MasonData Protection, Endpoint Security, Enterprise Security, Security Awareness & Phishing

The Dark Web and Ransomware-as-a-Service This month our partner, Vipre, reported on Ransomware-as-a-Service and the impacts this could have on the industry.  Jason Norton advised, ‘Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts, or locks a user out of and away from their critical data. Typically, the attacker demands monetary payment in exchange for a decryption key that promises to unlock the … Read More

Phishers Shift Efforts To Attack SaaS and Webmail Services

Tony MasonSecurity Awareness & Phishing

A new report out today provides us with some good news and some bad for the beginning of 2019. According to Help Net Security ‘the good news is that the total number of conventional, spam-based phishing campaigns declined as 2018 came to a close.  The bad news is that users of software-as-a-service (SaaS) systems and webmail services are being increasingly … Read More

Black Friday Scam

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday Scams This week sees the return of the phenomena of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. These marketing events are significantly driving up the increase in online sales in the run up to Christmas.  2017’s Cyber Monday was the largest online shopping day in history and was mobile’s first $2 billion day. This weekend has become … Read More

GDPR & Data Breaches

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  GDPR & Data Breaches 6 Months On. The value of the average data breach fine issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the UK has doubled in one year, reaching £ 146,000, according to the City Law firm, RPC. The total value of fines imposed by the ICO has risen by 24% compared to 2017, reaching just under … Read More

Security Training-Marketing

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Consider Security Training as Security Marketing As over 90% of security incidents are connected to human error, many companies are initiating security training to counter the risks to business. However, that exceedingly high figure would make you reconsider what’s happening with the security training. The problem can be that the content is boring, mandatory and a one case fits all … Read More

€3 Million CEO Fraud | Phishing Attack

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€3 Million CEO Fraud from a Phishing Attack on an Office 365 Account. Finnish antivirus company, ‘F-Secure’, reports on a phishing attack on an Office 365 account this week that nearly cost the company €3 Million.  One of the employees of the Finnish investment firm received a phishing email that enabled a €3 Million CEO Fraud Scam.  It started with … Read More