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email security

By Rahul Powar, CEO and co-founder, Red Sift Times change, technologies continue to evolve, and yet email remains the easiest avenue of attack for cybercriminals looking to hack into your business Need convincing? Well, in 2018 94% of malware attacks were deployed by email, 78% of cyber espionage incidents used phishing, and 32% of all reported breaches involved phishing (let’s not dwell too much on the possible scale of unreported breaches).  Securing email The truth...

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Onapsis Threat Report Oracle Payday

Onapsis, the leading provider of business application protection have revealed new threat research into a recently discovered vulnerability on Oracle E-Business Suite – Oracle PAYDAY. The attack scenarios exploit two vulnerabilities with CVSS scores of 9.9 out of 10 in Oracle EBS, Oracle’s ERP software installed at up to 21,000 companies. Onapsis discovered and reported the vulnerabilities to Oracle, which issued patches earlier this year. Onapsis estimates that 50% of Oracle EBS customers have not...

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BEC scams

Email is not only one of the most important channels of communication in day-to-day business, but unfortunately also one of the biggest gateways for cyber attacks. According to the safety and network specialists Barracuda Networks, 91% of all attacks start with an email. Gateway solutions such as Barracuda Essentials therefore represent an important first line of defence against the dangers posed by malicious emails. Not only do such solutions reliably recognise spam and phishing emails, they...

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Cybersecurity Robustness

Nominet has today announced the findings of its Cyber Confidence Report, which analysed almost 300 senior security practitioners in the UK and US, and found that CISOs were being put in compromising positions. Seventy-one percent said that their organisation uses the security posture of the organisation as a selling point, despite their lack of confidence in the security stack. When asked how confident they were in an organisation's final choice of security solutions, 34 percent...

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Ben Lorica, Chief Data Scientist at O’Reilly

By Ben Lorica, Chief Data Scientist at O’Reilly More than a decade ago leading UK investigative journalist Nick Davies published Flat Earth News, an exposé of how the mass media had abdicated its responsibility to the truth. Newsroom pressure to publish more stories, faster than their competitors had, Davies argued, led to journalists becoming mere “churnalists”, rushing out articles so fast that they could never check on the truth of what they were reporting. Shocking...

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phishing keyboard

The days of crude phishing attacks, which anyone with a little common sense could avoid falling victim to, are a thing of the past. Today’s cybercriminals are savvier than their predecessors, capable of producing spoof emails and websites convincing enough to fool even the most educated eye. While it’s easy to feel helpless in the wake of these advances, there are still steps that ordinary internet and email users can take to avoid falling victim to...

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BEC scams

The processes around prescriptive security are distinct from those around traditional cyber security in a number of ways. Here, we’ll examine the differences using the example of a device belonging to the executive assistant of a CEO having been subject to a phishing attack, resulting in a virus. As every cyber security expert knows, phishing email campaigns are increasingly targeting smaller, more focussed groups and becoming more sophisticated and therefore more likely to succeed and...

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