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Top 5 Business Roles Targeted by Cyber Attacks and How to Mitigate Risks

Posted by Aaron R. Warner on May 8, 2024 11:55:45 AM

Cybercriminals in today's digital landscape employ sophisticated tactics to infiltrate organizations and steal valuable data. Specific business roles within companies often become targets of cyber attacks due to their access to sensitive information or ability to influence decision-making. These roles are also usually visible and known individuals in the public, and harvesting information can be used against them. It is much easier than going after the paranoid I.T. Guy!

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Security, Data Protection, cybersecurity plan, Ransomware

Quishing: What you need to know about it and how to prevent these attacks

Posted by ProCircular Team on Feb 21, 2024 2:04:45 PM

We’ve all become familiar with QR Codes, those square bar codes that seem to be everywhere.  You scan them with your phone camera, and they take you directly to a website. With COVID came the need for less physical contact with things like restaurant menus, registration and contact information at conferences, and even online payments.   

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Network Security, Information Security, Data Security, Data Protection, risk

Making the Most of Your IT Budget

Posted by ProCircular Team on Nov 7, 2023 10:15:00 AM

We often spend time with CEOs and board members of various companies, in verticals such as healthcare, finance, transportation, and education. 

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection, budgeting

When in doubt, try "Password123" - How I guessed your password

Posted by Mike Hedlund on Dec 10, 2021 2:56:13 PM

During a penetration test, login credentials are a highly sought-after item. While it is common to harvest that information via email scams (phishing attacks), it is not always the most practical or effective tactic to gain unauthorized access. That access, however, still requires a valid set of credentials. This poses a challenge. How does an attacker find valid accounts without social engineering? There are two main options: breached credentials and password spraying.

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Network Security, Data Protection, Personal Data Protection, Security Awareness Training, Passwords, Monitoring

How to Spot and Stop Today's Malicious Emails

Posted by ProCircular Team on May 3, 2021 9:35:29 AM
Phishing Attacks
During a phishing attack , attackers use social engineering and malicious emails to steal valid credentials from users. Attackers can use these credentials to begin more complicated attacks, or they can bundle and sell them to other cybercriminals . The attacker s lie about their identity and objectives to collect login information from unassuming victims or to get them to download malicious content . These emails might ask you to enter your password into a spoofed login page or send that information directly back to the sender . Although these scams are well - known, they are occasionally hard to spot, and they have a high rate of success . If you don’t encounter many of these emails, they may be caught in your junk folder. If this is the case, your email filtering is working effectively and removing potentially harmful phishing attempts. There is no reason to recover phishing emails from a junk folder.
 
Extortion Attacks
Extortion emails work a little differently . In this increasingly popular type of attack, the hackers claim to already have access to some sensitive information. That information could include anything from login credentials to embarrass ing photo s. Whatever they choose is something designed to prompt an urgent and desperate reaction from the recipient. In the email, they lay out what they have against their target, then threaten to blackmail them for money.
These types of emails are des igned to be scary. They are supposed to make the victim feel so frantic that they act without thinking. If you ever receive a threatening extortion email, remain calm and report it t hrough the proper channels. In this post, we’ll break down a poorly writte n extortion email that was sent to my junk folder.
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Topics: Information Security, Data Protection, Personal Data Protection

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