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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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Strong Authentication: Best Practices and Use Cases
sponsored by Gemalto
WHITE PAPER: This helpful white paper explains how an identity-centric approach to IT security can lock down critical processes and systems and ensure that you have complete control over who has access.
Posted: 06 Nov 2014 | Published: 06 Nov 2014

Gemalto

Stepping Up the Battle Against Advanced Threats
sponsored by Trusteer
WHITE PAPER: This essential white paper breaks down how application control can keep your endpoints secure in today's changing IT threat landscape.
Posted: 17 Sep 2013 | Published: 30 Aug 2013

Trusteer

Symantec Intelligence Report – May 2013
sponsored by Symantec Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Keeping on top of the latest security happenings is crucial to protecting your organization. In this recent edition of Symantec's Intelligence Report, view a number of statistics and up-to-date material on the current threat landscape to learn what you should expect both now and in the future.
Posted: 25 Jul 2013 | Published: 31 May 2013

Symantec Corporation

Malware Analysts Have the Tools to Defend Against Cyber-Attacks, But Challenges Remain
sponsored by Threat Track Security
WHITE PAPER: This informative guide explores today's threat landscape, the role of malware and the threat of internal vulnerabilities.
Posted: 16 Jun 2014 | Published: 16 Jun 2014

Threat Track Security

A Guide to Evaluating Email Security Solutions
sponsored by SonicWALL
WHITE PAPER: E-mail threats evolve daily. Read this guide to learn the challenges of implementing an email security solution and administrative considerations to make when evaluating potential email security solutions.
Posted: 15 Nov 2007 | Published: 01 Jan 2005

SonicWALL

Symantec Internet Security Threat Report
sponsored by Symantec Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This Internet Security Threat Report details the issues related to online fraud and examines current trends in the internet security landscape. Read this paper today and learn about the future of internet attacks and what to expect in the coming years.
Posted: 30 Mar 2007 | Published: 01 Mar 2007

Symantec Corporation

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

Social Engineering: Hacking People, Not Machines
sponsored by AVG Technologies USA, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Hackers are often portrayed as technical geniuses plying their trade through the use of complex computer code. But gaining access to a computer can be as simple as fooling someone into a revealing a password. Read this paper to learn more about social engineering threats and how to defend against them.
Posted: 31 Mar 2010 | Published: 31 Mar 2010

AVG Technologies USA, Inc.

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
 
 
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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