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DEFINITION: Pretexting is a form of social engineering in which an individual lies about his identity or purpose to obtain privileged data about another individual. A pretexter may then use this data to engage in identity theft or corporate espionage. Pretexting may be employed by telephone or email, through customer service instant messaging or a company Web site. A pretexter may use a variety of strategies  … 
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Critical Capabilities for Client Management Tools
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WHITE PAPER: This white paper lists the eight critical capabilities of good end user management tools. In addition, it presents reviews and ratings of fourteen different end user management platforms.
Posted: 05 Aug 2015 | Published: 13 Jun 2014

Absolute

Phishing: The Latest Tactics And Potential Business Impacts
sponsored by Symantec
WHITE PAPER: This informative guide takes an in-depth look at phishing and how it has become an effective tactic for cybercriminals.
Posted: 14 May 2014 | Published: 14 May 2014

Symantec

Longline Phishing: A New Class of Advanced Phishing Attacks
sponsored by Proofpoint, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, gain valuable information about longlining, the newest method in phishing attacks, and key recommendations for how to enhance your email security defense.
Posted: 28 Oct 2013 | Published: 31 Dec 2012

Proofpoint, Inc.

Symantec Internet Security Threat Report: Trends for 2011
sponsored by Symantec Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This threat report takes a thorough look back at the most significant threats, trends and outright attacks of the year that was. Read now for helpful tips and best practices for keeping your confidential information safe.
Posted: 25 May 2012 | Published: 30 Apr 2012

Symantec Corporation

The Top Six Risks of Employee Internet Use and How to Stop Them
sponsored by St. Bernard Software
WHITE PAPER: Due to the serious nature of many threats, the Internet use of even one unmonitored employee on a single unmanaged system can ravage a company’s internal network, irrevocably delete critical data, and ultimately ruin the company’s ability to conduct business. Read this white paper to learn how to protect your organization.
Posted: 10 May 2010 | Published: 10 May 2010

St. Bernard Software

McAfee Total Protection for Secure Business
sponsored by Insight
WHITE PAPER: McAfee solutions cover all the critical elements of security medium businesses need: desktop and server protection, data protection, email and web security, and compliance. Total Protection for Secure Business provides comprehensive protection against the most lethal threats and exploits - in one package, from one trusted and proven vendor.
Posted: 16 Mar 2010 | Published: 16 Mar 2010

Insight

Anti-Phishing: Best Practices for Institutions and Consumer
sponsored by McAfee, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Phishing has become the most malicious form of spam, leaving both organizations and consumers vulnerable to financial losses and stolen information. Read this white paper to learn about best practices for protecting your company from phishing attacks.
Posted: 27 Mar 2007 | Published: 01 Nov 2005

McAfee, Inc.

Study commissioned by Webroot: Web Threats Expose Businesses to Data Loss
sponsored by Webroot
WHITE PAPER: Eight in 10 companies experienced web-borne attacks in 2012. Don't be part of the statistic! Read this research paper to learn about the current state of web layer security in organizations today and learn what you should do to stay protected.
Posted: 20 Mar 2013 | Published: 06 May 2013

Webroot

Global Threat Trends - December 2009
sponsored by ESET
WHITE PAPER: Review this report to see what threats had the highest number of detections in the past month according to the results of a sophisticated analysis provided by ESET's ThreatSense.Net.
Posted: 16 Sep 2009 | Published: 02 Sep 2009

ESET

Security Threat Report: July 2009 Update
sponsored by Sophos, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Businesses are continuing to face a challenging threat landscape. Check out this paper to learn about recent security threats related to Web 2.0, social networking sites, email, mobile devices, and Mac computers.
Posted: 28 Jul 2009 | Published: 01 Jul 2009

Sophos, Inc.
 
 
SOCIAL ENGINEERING DEFINITION (continued): …  to obtain personal information. In one scenario, for example, the pretexter might call an individual claiming affiliation with a bank, survey firm or credit agency. In another scenario, a pretexter might claim to be a customer, client or employee of a company to gain access to phone or electronic records. After establishing trust with the targeted individual, the pretexter might ask a series of questions designed to gather key individual identifiers (like social security numbers, mother's maiden name, place or date of birth, or account numbers) under the guise of needing to confirm the individual's … 
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