Should you phish test during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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Perry Carpenter, KnowBe4 Chief Evangelist and Strategy Officer discusses the phishing dilemma, ‘Should you phish test users or not during the Covid-19 pandemic?’.  There’s no question, these are challenging times. Employees and organisations around the world are doing their best to keep everyone safe. Plus we are settling in to a new normal for accomplishing work from home. Tensions are … Read More

Examples of COVID-19 Phishing Emails

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The Epidemic of COVID-19 Phishing Emails Rages On. KnowBe4 customers using their Phish Alert Button (PAB) continue to share an ever-growing variety of emails from bad actors looking to capitalise on the crisis. There are some rather unusual social engineering schemes. KnowBe4 are offering up a selection of those emails. IT administrators and users can then see for themselves what these … Read More

KnowBe4 – Security Threats & Trends Report – October 2019

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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

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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