Josh Fruhlinger

Josh Fruhlinger is a writer and editor who lives in Los Angeles.

PCI DSS explained: Requirements, fines, and steps to compliance

What is DLP? How data loss prevention software works and why you need it

What is DLP? How data loss prevention software works and why you need it

Data loss prevention (DLP) is a set of practices (and products) that ensure that an organization's sensitive or critical data is kept safe.

Ransomware explained: How it works and how to remove it

Ransomware explained: How it works and how to remove it

Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts a victim's files. The attacker then demands a ransom from the victim to restore access to the data upon payment. 

Whitelisting explained: How it works and where it fits in a security program

Whitelisting explained: How it works and where it fits in a security program

Whitelisting is a cybersecurity strategy under which a user can only take actions on their computer that an administrator has explicitly allowed in advance. It is a fairly extreme measure with high administrative overhead, but it...

What is pretexting? Definition, examples and prevention

What is pretexting? Definition, examples and prevention

Pretexting is form of social engineering in which an attacker comes up with a story to convince a victim to give up valuable information or access to a service or system.

What is PKI? And how it secures just about everything online

What is PKI? And how it secures just about everything online

Public key infrastructure (PKI) is a catch-all term for everything used to establish and manage public key encryption, one of the most common forms of internet encryption. It is baked into every web browser in use today to secure...

Vishing explained: How voice phishing attacks scam victims

Vishing explained: How voice phishing attacks scam victims

Vishing (voice phishing) is a form of attack that attempts to trick victims into giving up sensitive personal information over the phone.

What is smishing? How phishing via text message works

What is smishing? How phishing via text message works

Don't let the cute name fool you, smishing is a cyberattack that uses misleading text messages to trick victims into sharing valuable information, installing malware, or giving away money.

SOC analyst job description, salary, and certification

SOC analyst job description, salary, and certification

A SOC analyst is a cybersecurity professional who works as part of a team to monitor and fight threats to an organization's IT infrastructure, and to assess security systems and measures for weaknesses and possible improvements.

Threat modeling explained: A process for anticipating cyber attacks

Threat modeling explained: A process for anticipating cyber attacks

Threat modeling is a structured process through which IT pros can identify potential security threats and vulnerabilities, quantify the seriousness of each, and prioritize techniques to mitigate attack and protect IT resources.

What is phishing? How this cyber attack works and how to prevent it

What is phishing? How this cyber attack works and how to prevent it

Phishing is a method of trying to gather personal information using deceptive e-mails and websites. Here's what you need to know about this venerable, but increasingly sophisticated, form of cyber attack.

12 top IDS/IPS tools

12 top IDS/IPS tools

An intrusion detection or prevention system can mean the difference between a safe network and a nasty breach. We've rounded up some of the best and most popular IDS/IPS products on the market.

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