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The 5 CIS controls you should implement first

The CIS Critical Security Controls list (formerly the SANS Top 20 controls) has been the gold standard for security defense advice. These are the tasks you should do first.

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12 things every computer security pro should know

Fighting the good fight takes specialized knowledge. Here's the baseline of what all security pros should know.

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Developing personal OPSEC plans: 10 tips for protecting high-value targets

Attackers are increasingly targeting executives and employees who have access to sensitive enterprise data. Here's how to protect those individuals with personal OPSEC plans.

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Smishing and vishing: How these cyber attacks work and how to prevent them

Smishing and vishing are types of phishing attacks that try to lure victims via SMS message and voice calls. Both rely on the same emotional appeals employed in traditional phishing scams and are designed to drive you into urgent...

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Famous social engineering attacks: 12 crafty cons

This rogues gallery of social engineering attack examples made headlines by taking advantage of human nature.

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How attackers identify your organization's weakest links

Understanding the techniques and tools attackers use in targeted phishing attacks.

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Business email compromise: The odds of being a victim are increasing

Given the growth over the last few years in BEC and EAC fraud, businesses should educate employees about the risks involved and red flags of this activity.

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Does your cyber insurance cover social engineering? Read the fine print

Some cyber insurance policies will pay only a small fraction of damages if an attacker used social engineering. Here's how to estimate the risk.

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Review: SlashNext is like shooting phish in a barrel

SlashNext is a dedicated platform for combating modern phishing attacks. It does that one thing and it does it very well.

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The three most important ways to defend against security threats

Patching, security training programs and password management will thwart attacks more effectively than anything else. You're already doing them. Here's how to do them better.

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Doctored Jim Acosta video shows why fakes don’t need to be deep to be dangerous

White House promotion of an allegedly doctored press conference video shows how "shallow fakes" can manipulate opinion.

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Cyber security relics: 4 older technologies still plaguing the infosec world

Understanding the issues of the past can help us be better equipped to deal with seemingly new issues in the present.

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Using social media for authentication: 3 pitfalls to avoid

Logging into business systems with social accounts comes with certain risks. Here's what you need to know.

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Scammers pose as CNN's Wolf Blitzer, target security professionals

Here's an interesting, if not outright comical, story for those of you just coming back to work after a long Labor Day weekend. Scammers are pretending to be a well-known CNN anchor and offering serious cash to anyone looking to be a...

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10 topics every security training program should cover

A thorough end-user education program is a necessary weapon in the battle to protect your perimeter. These 10 topics are the baseline of what to include in an awareness training program.

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China’s MSS using LinkedIn against the U.S.

The head of the U.S. National Counterintelligence and Security Center says China's MSS is using social networks, specifically LinkedIn, to target, access, and recruit U.S. sources.

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Talking phishing campaigns with @PhishingAI's Jeremy Richards | Salted Hash, Ep. 42

All this week, while we’re on location in Las Vegas, Salted Hash has been discussing phishing and the impact it has had on the public. Today, we’re getting an insider view on how @PhishingAI operates, and learning about a recent...

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Inside Dropbox and Microsoft Office phishing attacks | Salted Hash, Ep. SC03

Today on Salted Hash, we're going to look at a phishing attack that targeted me directly. It's got a few interesting elements, including a weak attempt to spoof an HTTPS connection, and a sort of hybrid lure, which starts as Dropbox...

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