Josh Fruhlinger

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

Identity theft explained: Why businesses make tempting targets

Identity theft explained: Why businesses make tempting targets

Identity theft is the use of someone else's personal information without permission, typically to conduct financial transactions. Here's what you need to know to protect yourself and your organization.

8 top open source intelligence tools

8 top open source intelligence tools

OSINT (open source intelligence) is the practice of collecting information from published or otherwise publicly available sources. These tools will help you find sensitive public info before bad guys do.

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.

What is doxing? Weaponizing personal information

What is doxing? Weaponizing personal information

Doxing (or doxxing) is the practice of posting someone's personal information online without their consent and typically with the intention to intimidate, humiliate, or harass the victim.

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

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

PCI DSS is a cybersecurity standard backed by all the major credit card and payment processing companies that aims to keep credit and debit card numbers safe.

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.

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.

Top cybersecurity facts, figures and statistics

Top cybersecurity facts, figures and statistics

From malware trends to budget shifts, we have the latest figures that quantify the state of the industry.

What is a cyber attack? Recent examples show disturbing trends

What is a cyber attack? Recent examples show disturbing trends

A cyber attack is an attack launched from one or more computers against another computer, multiple computers or networks. Here are some of the major recent cyber attacks and what we can learn from them.

Recent ransomware attacks define the malware's new age

Recent ransomware attacks define the malware's new age

By 2018, the ransomware boom seemed to have peaked. But over the past 24 months, shifts in hacker tactics have resulted in a resurgence of ransomware attacks.

The OPM hack explained: Bad security practices meet China's Captain America

The OPM hack explained: Bad security practices meet China's Captain America

How the OPM hack happened, the technical details, and a timeline of the infiltration and response.

Marriott data breach FAQ: How did it happen and what was the impact?

Marriott data breach FAQ: How did it happen and what was the impact?

In late 2018, the Marriott hotel chain announced that one of its reservation systems had been compromised, with hundreds of millions of customer records, including credit card and passport numbers, being exfiltrated by the attackers....

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