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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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Mitigating Web Security Risk with SSL Certificates: Benefits and Best Practices
sponsored by Symantec Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This white paper highlights several benefits and best practices when using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) applications to authenticate users, applications and Web services.
Posted: 01 Aug 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Symantec Corporation

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

The Bot Threat
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, get vital information about the malicious bot, also known as botnets when in large forces, and explore 4 key features that will help you build a defense-in-depth security system to prevent these attacks from compromising your networks.
Posted: 13 Nov 2013 | Published: 30 Nov 2012

Hewlett-Packard Company

 Safer web browsing in four steps
sponsored by Sophos, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Accessing the web poses enormous risks, yet you can’t afford to be isolated from the internet and its resources. This white paper examines the latest web threats, and recommends four best practices and a layered approach that enables your users while also protecting your organization’s endpoints, network and data.
Posted: 05 Oct 2010 | Published: 04 Oct 2010

Sophos, Inc.

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

The New Phishing Attack: How to Avoid Taking the Bait
sponsored by Websense
WHITE PAPER: Can you tell the difference between legitimate emails and phishing attempts? Unfortunately, new phishing strategies can circumvent traditional email security defenses. This guide details where traditional approaches fall short, and outlines recommendations for email security success.
Posted: 13 Aug 2013 | Published: 07 Jun 2012

Websense

The Trouble Heading for Your Business 2013
sponsored by Trend Micro
WHITE PAPER: This resource details the current state of targeted attacks and explores why putting an effective defensive strategy in place is so critical. View now to uncover the effects of these potentially disastrous attacks and what you can do to stay protected.
Posted: 16 Apr 2013 | Published: 28 Feb 2013

Trend Micro

Web Threats: Challenges and Solutions
sponsored by Trend Micro, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Read this white paper to better understand Web threats and their impacts, as well as why conventional methods fail to protect against these threats and the characteristics of a new approach required to ensure security, regulatory compliance, and business continuity.
Posted: 12 Jan 2009 | Published: 12 Jan 2009

Trend Micro, Inc.

Phishing 2.0 - Why Phishing is back as the No.1 threat, and how Web Security can protect your company
sponsored by Webroot
WHITE PAPER: This resource takes an inside look at the new dangers posed by phishing 2.0 attacks. Read on to find an overview of the structure of these threats, learn about web security and anti-phishing capabilities your organization needs, and much more.
Posted: 31 May 2013 | Published: 31 May 2013

Webroot

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
 
 
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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