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How to Spot and Stop Today's Malicious Emails

Posted by Dawson Medin 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

What is a Cybersecurity Consultant?

Posted by Lindy Trout on Oct 22, 2020 12:50:18 PM

How do you know if you have a solid cybersecurity program? You may have anti-virus installed and you change your computer password quarterly, but how do you know if your security program is truly effective? When you can’t see your gaps, it’s hard to make improvements and even harder to pick up the pieces after a security breach. That’s why Cybersecurity Consultants, like ProCircular’s Andrew Chipman, collect all the information they can, then measure your active security controls against their library of applicable standards.

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Topics: HIPAA, Information Security, Data Protection, it risk assessment, DFARS, Manufacturing, risk

What is an Incident Responder?

Posted by Lindy Trout on Oct 8, 2020 9:37:01 AM

The best approach to security is a proactive one, but nobody is perfect. What happens when a determined attacker finds their way into your network? How do you know where they have been, what they have seen, when they got in, and how they gained access? How do you prioritize remediation and confirm that the bad guys are out of your network? Incident responders, like ProCircular's Aaron Heikkila, are at the ready to swoop down and stop the attackers in their tracks!

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Information Security, Data Security, Incident Response, security incident handling, security incident response

Ask an Engineer: What Is SIEM?

Posted by Lindy Trout on Sep 14, 2020 3:47:59 PM

Security Information & Event Management, or SIEM (pronounced "sim," with a silent "e"), is gaining a reputation outside of the cybersecurity community. Advertisements on YouTube and Hulu tout the product’s incomparable security and real-time effectiveness, but they struggle to convey what a SIEM really does. Technical security lingo tends to make non-technical people tune out, and trying to simplify the concept diminishes its value.

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Information Security, Data Security, SIEM

Risk Rolling: Don’t Let Your Business Roll the Dice with Risk

Posted by Zach Zaffis on May 8, 2020 3:27:04 PM

New to the world of cybersecurity and wondering where to even begin? Ever wonder what it takes to become a professional hacker? Varying levels of IT knowledge and understanding? Everybody must start somewhere, and here is your chance! Reimagine your career as an Information Security Specialist and stop wasting your time with "what ifs." Allow yourself to grow and shine in a field that you are passionate about. Outreach your potential with this fantastic new course!

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Information Security, risk

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