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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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Beyond Spam - Email Security in the Age of Blended Threats
sponsored by EdgeWave
WHITE PAPER: In this paper, explore the new threat reality, including the tactics and designs cyber criminals are using today and uncover some of the next generation technologies that can help mitigate these threats.
Posted: 12 Mar 2012 | Published: 12 Mar 2012

EdgeWave

Spam 2011: Protection Against Evolving Threats
sponsored by Proofpoint, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: The very best anti-spam solutions today de­liver 95% effectiveness. Unfortunately, that’s not good enough. Check out this white paper to see how enterprises can defend themselves with a comprehensive and adaptive anti-spam solution such as the Proofpoint Protection Suite.
Posted: 09 Mar 2011 | Published: 09 Mar 2011

Proofpoint, Inc.

Symantec Intelligence Report - June 2013
sponsored by Symantec Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This Symantec Intelligence Report outlines the latest need-to-know security information on vulnerabilities, spam, phish, malware, and data breaches.
Posted: 13 Aug 2013 | Published: 28 Jun 2013

Symantec Corporation

Global Threat Research Report: Russia
sponsored by VeriSign, Inc
WHITE PAPER: This report takes an in-depth look at the security threat the Russian Business Network (RBN) is to North American-based enterprise businesses. Learn more about their current infrastructure, its corruption, and the impact the RBN has on business today.
Posted: 16 Nov 2007 | Published: 10 Jan 2007

VeriSign, Inc

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.

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

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 Bot Threat
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Limited
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 defence-in-depth security system to prevent these attacks from compromising your networks.
Posted: 13 May 2014 | Published: 30 Nov 2012

Hewlett-Packard Limited

Phishing and Web Security
sponsored by Webroot
WHITE PAPER: This brief whitepaper explores why businesses need to prepare for phishing 2.0 and why this new cybercrime is aiming its sights at your business.
Posted: 29 Apr 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Webroot

The Personalisation Challenge: Business Culture and Mobile Security
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company
WHITE PAPER: This exclusive white paper reveals the truth about mobility in the workforce, including the risks and rewards of bring your own device (BYOD) for businesses.
Posted: 24 Sep 2013 | Published: 24 Sep 2013

Hewlett-Packard Company
 
 
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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