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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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Symantec Internet Security Threat Report
sponsored by Symantec Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This report reveals the latest information about today's top security vulnerabilities and threats – from targeted attacks and exploits to spam and phishing – to help you keep your organization safe. View now to learn more!
Posted: 23 Jul 2013 | Published: 30 Apr 2013

Symantec Corporation

Protecting Commercial Online Banking Customers from Next-Generation Malware
sponsored by IronKey
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

IronKey

Measuring End User Susceptibility and Defenses Against Phishing Attacks with CORE Insight
sponsored by Core Security Technologies
WHITE PAPER: This white paper contains critical information about spear phishing and how to prepare your users and systems from falling for these targeted attacks being masked as trustworthy content.
Posted: 11 Oct 2013 | Published: 11 Oct 2013

Core Security Technologies

McAfee 15 Minutes to a Secure Business: Daily Security Practices
sponsored by McAfee, Inc.
PRODUCT OVERVIEW: This paper explains how McAfee has developed 15 Minutes to a Secure Business. This unique approach to security management gives IT professionals a roadmap for ensuring a safe and secure IT environment, even with limited time.
Posted: 23 Nov 2009 | Published: 23 Nov 2009

McAfee, Inc.

IBM X-Force 2013 Mid-Year Trend and Risk Report
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: In this detailed white paper, explore this year's report on the latest risks and security challenges organizations are facing today, and offers best practices to boost security fundamentals and policies to meet these advanced persistent threats (APTs).
Posted: 06 Nov 2013 | Published: 30 Sep 2013

IBM

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

Longline Phishing: A New Class of Advanced Phishing Attacks
sponsored by Proofpoint, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, gain valuable information about longlining, the newest method in phishing attacks, and key recommendations for how to enhance your email security defense.
Posted: 28 Oct 2013 | Published: 31 Dec 2012

Proofpoint, Inc.

The Trouble Heading for Your Business 2013
sponsored by Trend Micro
WHITE PAPER: This resource details the current state of targeted attacks and explores why putting an effective defensive strategy in place is so critical. View now to uncover the effects of these potentially disastrous attacks and what you can do to stay protected.
Posted: 16 Apr 2013 | Published: 28 Feb 2013

Trend Micro

E-Guide: New Malware Threats Require New Antimalware Protection Strategy
sponsored by Dell SecureWorks
EGUIDE: This expert e-guide examines emerging threats and malware that are targeting smartphones, mobile apps, social media, and cloud services. Inside, discover essential strategies and best practices for mitigating these risks and ensuring enterprise security.
Posted: 05 Dec 2012 | Published: 05 Dec 2012

Dell SecureWorks

Security Threat Report: July 2009 Update
sponsored by Sophos, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Businesses are continuing to face a challenging threat landscape. Check out this paper to learn about recent security threats related to Web 2.0, social networking sites, email, mobile devices, and Mac computers.
Posted: 28 Jul 2009 | Published: 01 Jul 2009

Sophos, Inc.
 
 
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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