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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
Saying Goodbye to the Weakest Link in Security
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WHITE PAPER: In this brief infographic, learn how to protect sensitive data from loss and how to mitigate the human error factor.
Posted: 03 Nov 2015 | Published: 14 Oct 2015


How Cybercriminals Exploit the Human Factor
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WHITE PAPER: This report explores data on end-user behavior and how it contributes to security incidents. Take a look to learn why your users click on malicious links and how you can put a stop to their dangerous behavior.
Posted: 21 Oct 2015 | Published: 21 Oct 2015

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Cyber-Threats in 2015
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WHITE PAPER: This white paper arms you with the most up-to-date web security knowledge that you need to keep your clients safe.
Posted: 02 Sep 2015 | Published: 02 Sep 2015


Bullet-proofing Office 365 Security
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WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, you'll learn how to augment cloud-based email security to defend against the top threats such as phishing and malware infection.
Posted: 26 Aug 2015 | Published: 29 Jul 2015


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

Access Accounts More Securely with Intel® Identity Protection Technology
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PRODUCT OVERVIEW: This technology brief takes a closer look at today's threat landscape and presents key findings from a recent security survey. Discover the threats your clients are most vulnerable to as well as how they can develop an effective defense strategy against them.
Posted: 03 Aug 2011 | Published: 02 Aug 2011


Global Threat Trends - December 2009
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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


The Bot Threat
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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

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Protecting Commercial Online Banking Customers from Next-Generation Malware
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WHITE PAPER: Cybercriminals are now using advanced malicious software (malware) to attack the computers of finance professionals in companies and government agencies. Read this paper now to learn how your business can stay protected from these threats.
Posted: 22 Nov 2010 | Published: 22 Nov 2010


Information Security Magazine November 2009: Stay in Control
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EZINE: Unmanaged changes to IT systems and networks can recklessly increase risk to enterprises. The key is rolling out an accepted change management process, and sticking to it. Read this magazine and find out how a consistent change management process puts you in charge.
Posted: 16 Nov 2009 | Published: 16 Nov 2009

Information Security Magazine
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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