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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
Between Defense and Recovery: The Growing Trend Toward Mitigation
sponsored by Unisys
RESOURCE: This resource will help you gain an understanding of what a successful defense against cyber-attacks entails. Learn how a mitigation strategy can stop security threats from doing real harm, even once inside your system.
Posted: 05 Nov 2015 | Published: 14 Jul 2015


Operation Clandestine Wolf: A Successful Zero-Day Attack Examined
sponsored by FireEye
WEBCAST: This webcast explores the anatomy of the attack on an Adobe Flash Player vulnerability, and how APT3, the cybercrime group conducting it, achieved success in breaking through security.
Posted: 25 Sep 2015 | Premiered: Jun 24, 2015


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

Countdown to Compromise: The Timeline of a Spear-Phishing Attack
sponsored by Mimecast
WHITE PAPER: This white paper uses a typical spear-phishing scenario to demonstrate the dangers spear-phishing poses.
Posted: 07 Jul 2015 | Published: 07 Jul 2015


Maturing Your DLP Strategy for Today’s Threats
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EGUIDE: Social networks have become a new avenue to cybercriminals today, using social engineering to exploit systems and data. In this expert resource, uncover how social networking is impacting data loss prevention (DLP) strategies and explore eight key questions to ask your vendor to help mature your DLP solution.
Posted: 02 Feb 2012 | Published: 02 Feb 2012

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

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: 19 Jan 2011 | Published: 19 Jan 2011

Google Apps

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

IT@Intel Brief: Enterprise Security Benefits of Microsoft Windows 7
sponsored by Intel
IT BRIEFING: Read this solution brief to learn how Microsoft Windows 7 provides enterprise information security and protects against malware and phishing. This paper discusses all the key features.
Posted: 27 Sep 2010 | Published: 25 Jul 2010


First Annual Cost of Cyber Crime Study: Benchmark Study of U.S. Companies
sponsored by ArcSight, an HP Company
WHITE PAPER: The purpose of this benchmark study is twofold. First, we wanted to quantify the economic impact of a cyber attack. Second, we believed a better understanding of the cost of cyber crime will assist organizations in determining the appropriate amount of investment and resources needed to prevent or mitigate the devastating consequences of an attack.
Posted: 02 Aug 2010 | Published: 02 Aug 2010

ArcSight, an HP Company
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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