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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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Advanced Security Platform for Office 365
sponsored by Proofpoint, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: If your organization is looking to migrate to Microsoft Office 365, you might be wondering whether additional security is needed. Discover how to safeguard users against advanced threats and targeted attacks and gain the power to identify these attacks as they happen.
Posted: 12 Sep 2016 | Published: 01 Aug 2016

Proofpoint, Inc.

Transforming Your Security: A New Era in Enterprise Firewalls
sponsored by Fortinet, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Discover how to increase security effectiveness and reduce complexity by consolidating network security across the entire threat surface. Take a holistic approach, with central visibility and control of the borderless enterprise managed through a single pane of glass.
Posted: 31 Oct 2016 | Published: 30 Sep 2016

Fortinet, Inc.

The Perils of Phishing: How Cybercriminals Are Targeting Your Weakest Link
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: In the fight against phishing, your employees may be your weakest link—what can you do to ensure that they're not accidentally enticed by hackers? This white paper provides you with essential information on how phishing attacks occur and how you can mitigate these threats.
Posted: 11 Sep 2015 | Published: 31 May 2015

IBM

Spearphishing Survival Guide: How to Stop Advanced Email Attacks
sponsored by Proofpoint, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper discusses how to guard against advanced spearphishing with email analysis tools and third-party intelligence. Read on to access a checklist to help you evaluate your email security system.
Posted: 01 Apr 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2015

Proofpoint, Inc.

Online Dating: Keeping Your Members Safe from Online Scams and Predators
sponsored by iovation, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This whitepaper will help you understand what new and innovative techniques can be used to protect the reputation of your business, keep your members in a safe and trusted environment, while keeping the fraudsters out. Device fingerprinting helps identify the bad guys so sites can eliminate their accounts from the network once and for all.
Posted: 09 Jun 2009 | Published: 09 Jun 2009

iovation, Inc.

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

Filtering the Spectrum of Internet Threats: Defending against Inappropriate Content, Spyware, IM and P2P at the Perimeter
sponsored by St. Bernard Software
WHITE PAPER: This paper reviews how a perimeter network security appliance can be well suited for SMBs because it lowers total cost of ownership with rapid deployment and ease of configuration, and provides a secure and stable appliance-based solution.
Posted: 20 Feb 2006 | Published: 01 Jan 2005

St. Bernard Software

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

The Bot Threat
sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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: 01 Feb 2015 | Published: 13 Nov 2013

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Internet Trust Marks: Building Confidence and Profit Online
sponsored by Symantec Website Security Solutions
WHITE PAPER: This paper examines how recent trends in Internet trust marks can help restore confidence in online shopping, and as concluded by at least one recent study, even induce those who do shop to spend more.
Posted: 14 Jan 2015 | Published: 31 Oct 2013

Symantec Website Security Solutions
 
 
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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