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The two most common phishing scams that affect UK businesses

Phishing scams evolve constantly. Don’t they?

On the one hand, yes. Sophisticated cyber criminals are very much aware that, once a phishing scam becomes well known, its potency falls. So, over time, phishing scams adapt and evolve.

On the other hand, the the nuts and bolts of phishing scams are surprisingly static. On the whole, phishing attacks are quick, cheap and disastrously effective. Knowing this, criminals rarely tweak the inner workings of their phishing scams all that much.

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How can phishing affect a business?

The consequences of phishing can be severe…

It’s widely reported, for example, that tech giants including Facebook and Google sent as much as $100m directly to criminals following a spear phishing campaign that went on for more than two years.

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Why Phishing Training Is Important

In 2017, an email prankster targeted the White House.

The prankster’s goal was simple: to trick White House staff into responding to fraudulent emails for nothing more than a cheap thrill. With little to gain from the endeavour, the prankster’s efforts were basic.

The trickster wrote a simple email purporting to be from Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. He sent it off to Tom Bossert (at the time Homeland Security Advisor). And he waited to see if the security advisor would respond.

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Can phishing be prevented?

As phishing filters are far from perfect, can phishing ever really be prevented?

Today, with phishing attacks on the rise and the cyber threat landscape constantly evolving, most companies employ some form of technological phishing filter to help prevent phishing.

Such filters typically rely on machine learning to check and categorise incoming emails and, after doing, prevent suspicious emails from making it into corporate inboxes.

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How to identify a phishing email

You’ve received an email. As no phishing filter can keep out 100% of all phishing attacks, there’s a chance the email could be malicious – no matter what it looks like. How do you check whether or not the email is a phishing attack?   Step 1: Is the email...

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Why are phishing attacks successful?

Phishing attacks often seem rudimentary. With their spelling and grammar errors, blurry replicas of company logos and conspicuous twists on sender names, they should be easy to spot, shouldn’t they? So why is it, instead of dying down, phishing attacks are on the...

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Are phishing attacks on the rise?

In 2018, some reports suggest the number of phishing attacks are falling. Is that really the case? Phishing attacks have been on the rise for a long time now. According to the UK government’s most recent cyber security breaches survey, they cause more data breaches...

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E-book: The 3 biggest cyber threats facing the legal industry today

Today, creating and distributing viruses has become a highly lucrative, full-time and highly illegal occupation within the industry now referred to as cybercrime. It’s an industry that cost UK businesses a total of £29 billion in 2016 and one that targeted 73% of the top 100 law firms in 2016. And yet, over the past 50 years, surprisingly little has changed.

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Insights from 22 cyber security experts – part 1

22 expert speakers offered actionable and practical advice on the most pressing issues facing the security industry today. For those who couldn’t make it, here’s what you missed on the first three days. You can now get immediate access to all 22 PeepSec talks by simply registering for free here.

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Cyber Security Quiz 2

Do you know why your phone needs updating? Do you know how a ‘VPN’ could help keep your personal data safe? And how much do you think it costs to buy access to a webcam? Take the quiz now and you’ll soon find out whether you’re right.

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Gains, losses and unconscious calculations

Our attitudes to loss make us vulnerable online. Here’s how we can nullify the risks – starting with a question. Which of these two generous offers would you rather take up? The first is £1000 in cash with no strings attached. The second is the chance to win £2000 – but only if a coin toss lands on heads.

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Case Study: Healthcare

In 2015, the healthcare sector experienced more cyber security incidents than any other industry. Over 100 million healthcare records were reportedly compromised in a period commentators have since labeled “the year of the healthcare breach”.

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Case Study: Legal Services

In the last financial year, attacks on UK law firms increased by 20%. This explains why, on joining his current legal practice, Information Security Analyst Vihaan Amin was tasked with decreasing breaches and improving his new employer’s resilience.

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Case Study: Manufacturing

Initially, Greenwood was searching for a cost-effective solution that would introduce his people to the advancing threats posed by cyber criminals. After consideration, he decided CybSafe fit the bill.

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Case Study: Financial Services

The financial sector has long been a target for cyber criminals. Which is precisely why Adam Davies, Chief Information Security Officer of a renowned UK high street bank, is constantly looking for new ways to keep customer data secure.

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