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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
Mitigations for Mobile Phishing Problems on the iOS Platform
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EGUIDE: Attackers today are commonly using SMS messaging as a form of mobile device phishing. This expert E-Guide will walk you through the basics of SMS-based attacks and what security teams can do to mitigate the risk associated with iOS devices. Read on to learn more.
Posted: 03 May 2013 | Published: 03 May 2013

Mobile Security Strategies
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ANALYST REPORT: This exclusive report for Computer Weekly members explains the security risks and challenges of using mobile devices in the enterprise.
Posted: 09 Nov 2012 | Published: 09 Nov 2012

Ensuring Your Email Strategy Measures Up
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WEBCAST: This brief webcast examines how to mitigate the top email threats of today including phishing, malware, spam, and more. View now to learn how to ensure email continuity even when your server is down and the strategies to secure sensitive data.
Posted: 01 Sep 2015 | Premiered: Aug 21, 2015


Examining the Hacker's Evolution
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WEBCAST: This webcast examines how hackers are evolving their techniques to achieve their goals faster and undetected and the top 10 attacks they use. Inside, learn how a risk based approach prioritizes vulnerabilities differently than the "high, medium, low" strategy and why it's imperative to make the switch. View now to learn more.
Posted: 01 Oct 2015 | Premiered: May 6, 2015

WhiteHat Security

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


Institutional Identity Theft: How the Identity Theft of Your Customers Leads to the Erosion of Your Company's Profits and Good Name
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WHITE PAPER: Read this whitepaper for a look at the real losses sustained by organizations whose customers experience identity theft and best policies, procedures, and solutions to reduce your organizations risk.
Posted: 04 Dec 2008 | Published: 04 Dec 2008

Perimeter eSecurity

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

Presentation Transcript: Phishing and the Underground Economy
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PRESENTATION TRANSCRIPT: This document describes the risks of the new Underground Economy, phishing types, malware and how to combat phishing exploitation.
Posted: 06 Jan 2009 | Published: 06 Jan 2009


Cisco Spam & Virus Blocker Frees Up Hours and Inboxes for Small Businesses
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
CASE STUDY: Spam email continues to be a big problem, even for small businesses. LUNAR, a product development consulting firm, had a major spam problem despite having just 50 employees. They found relief with Cisco's Spam and Virus Blocker. This case study details how LUNAR and other small businesses implemented and then benefited from this Cisco software.
Posted: 13 Feb 2009 | Published: 13 Feb 2009

Cisco Systems, 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.
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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