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The 8 Most Convincing Phishing Schemes Of 2016
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Dan Euritt
Dan Euritt,
User Rank: Apprentice
4/11/2016 | 10:39:10 AM
These problems were all preventable
All companies should be conducting awareness training on these issues, and this article looks like a great place to start. Thanks for posting it up.
nathanwburke
nathanwburke,
User Rank: Author
4/13/2016 | 6:17:55 AM
Re: These problems were all preventable
Security awareness training can help, but that is also just one piece of a comprehensive security plan that includes the triumvirate of People, Process and Technology. Security awareness training can help with the People component, making employees more cognizant of the low-level, commodity attacks that use emails with attachments and links to compromised sites. 

However, this only applies to the obvious. Don't download and run applications from attachments. Don't click links in emails from people you don't know.  The problem is that many attacks are more sophisticated. In some cases, the phishing attack comes from a compromised email address using language that mimics the hacked sender. In those cases, all of the awareness training available will likely fail.

Creating a Process for flagging potentially malicious activity and quickly removing any threat organization-wide is key to reducing risk of threats introduced accidentally (despite awareness training). Having Technology in place to identify and remediate obvious threats is essential to keeping this process timely and scalable.

Awareness training is important, but simply telling people not to do the obvious isn't enough anymore.


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