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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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Social Engineering Reports
The Deloitte Consumer Review: A more secure customer
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ESSENTIAL GUIDE: This report from Deloitte assesses the impact of cybercrime on consumers and offers advice to businesses on how to respond.
Posted: 12 Mar 2013 | Published: 12 Mar 2013

Symantec Internet Security Threat Report
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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

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

Presentation Transcript: How Google Tackles IT Security and What You Can Learn from It
sponsored by Google Apps
PRESENTATION TRANSCRIPT: Today's computing environment demands IT attention to a wide range of security issues. Learn from security practitioners at Google who are on the frontlines of fighting spam, malware and phishing for Google Apps users, securing identity management in hosted web apps and monitoring the network, detecting intrusion and responding to incidents.
Posted: 04 Apr 2011 | Published: 11 Jun 2010

Google Apps

Threatsaurus: The A-Z of Computer and Data Security Threats
sponsored by Sophos UK
BOOK: Whether you're an IT professional, use a computer at work, or just browse the internet, this book is for you. We tell you the facts about the threats to your computers and to your data in simple, easy-to-understand language.
Posted: 25 May 2010 | Published: 01 Dec 2009

Sophos UK

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


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 defence-in-depth security system to prevent these attacks from compromising your networks.
Posted: 13 May 2014 | Published: 30 Nov 2012

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise

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


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.

Keep Your Customers Safe from Phishing
sponsored by Symantec Website Security Solutions
WHITE PAPER: This brief white paper presents one possible solution to the problem of phishing and helps you ensure the safety of your customers' data.
Posted: 20 Mar 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 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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