Stephen Ferrell

Stephen Ferrell

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Prevent Phishing Emails, Scams, and Attacks

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Phishing Attacks Are Pervasive

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Spear Phishing Attacks: The #1 Cyber Threat

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If I asked you to think of the number one cyber-attack affecting the US and global corporations today, your mind might immediately jump to hacking, but you’d be wrong.  The number one cyber-attack is occurring right now, to countless organizations, all around you, likely even to yours.

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Topics: spear phishing

The Weakest Link in Phishing is the Human One

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The modern workplace is a melting pot. If you think of all the people in your ‘office’; whether it’s virtual or otherwise, it’s likely that in some cases the only common thread you have with your colleague over the cube wall is that you work at the same place.

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The Problem With Phishing Simulators

Posted by Stephen Ferrell

We live in an evolved world, and work in environments shaped by the largesse’s of the robber barons and the victories of the labor movement. While there is much work to be done, the workplace of today is generally more civilized and equitable than it has ever been.   Sadly though, phishing attacks are on the rise and even the best trained employees often fall victim.

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How to Handle Email Fraud

Posted by Stephen Ferrell

In 2018 email fraud reached epic proportions both in terms of the sheer volume of fraud attempts and the staggering dollar amounts that businesses large and small are facing. Dealing with email fraud is a daily reality for email security professionals across all business verticals. The challenge, unique to email fraud as opposed to hacking and malware attempts is that every email user in an organization is a potential entry point for a successful phishing attack.

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Topics: email fraud

Take the INKY Phishing Fitness Test

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Ok… I am issuing you a challenge, after I count to three – start training! 1, 2, 3, go!

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Topics: phishing solution

Two Tech Giants Lose over $100M to Phishing

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If you are under the age of 90 there is a pretty good chance that you’ve been on Facebook or Google today, likely both. When we think of those names we think of big tech and if I were to poll your opinion as to how secure these tech titans are relative to say… email fraud, I’d guess you respond that they’d be at the top? I would have too – until I read this article in today’s New York Times.

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Topics: business reputation, phishing email examples, phishing attack, domain spoofing

Catch of The Day Insuphishent Funds

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How to Spot a Fraudulent Email 

How fraudulent is this email? Let us count the ways! It looks harmless and seems to be from your payroll company, kindly alerting you about insufficient funds. The email sender is “Intuit Payroll Services”, and the email bears the Intuit logo and company trademark notes. Maybe there is more information in the attachment... Wait, don’t open that! 

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Topics: phishing attack, phishing attempt, catch of the day, email security

It Does No Good to Implement an Email Security Solution After An Attack

Posted by Stephen Ferrell

Before people put locks on doors - there was the day before people put locks on doors. ‘The day before’ likely ended up with more than a few household goods getting crated off down the street.

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Topics: phishing attack, email security

The Best Phishing Trips of 2018

Posted by Stephen Ferrell

The past does not define our future, but it often predicts it. That’s why INKY is the perpetual student. She is in a constant cycle of learning, becoming more powerful with every email she reads and every phish she catches. 2018 was a banner year for INKY literally and figuratively. Our phish fence solution caught tens of thousands of phishing attempts, in some cases hours before they had been flagged by the phishing aggregators. We’ve filleted a few of our favorite 2018 phish for you because as sure as the ocean is blue the attacks of 2018 will return in 2019 repackaged, repurposed, and more conniving than ever. INKY is ready. Are you?

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Topics: phishing email examples

Catch of the Day: Today's Flavor is FedEx Tracking

Posted by Stephen Ferrell

Product placement in the movies and on TV has been with us from the early days. It used to be extremely overt and in your face. Much like phishing attacks, product placement has grown more covert. It’s still exists but is subtler by implanting itself in our subconscious and is cleverly woven into story lines and subplots without us knowing it’s there. Our subconscious is exactly where cyber criminals often set their phishing trap.

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Topics: phishing email examples, phishing attempt, catch of the day, brand forgery

Too Many Phish in the Digital Sea

Posted by Stephen Ferrell

What is phishing? It’s a great question. Chances are, since the day you’ve had an email address, someone somewhere has been trying to phish you. Phishing is a modern twist on the classic sleight of hand. Sometimes it’s an aggressive assault meant to unbalance you, scare you, and prompt you to act irrationally, but often it’s a careful, less-obvious attempt to cajole you to share account information or click a link.

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Topics: email scam

Catch of the Day: Amazon Shoppers Nearly Fall Prey

Posted by Stephen Ferrell

I have three Alexa’s and tend to buy everything I possibly can from Amazon. You name it I’ve bought it! So getting ‘order’ and ‘delivery’ notification emails from the big A are a daily norm in my inbox. I would bet that for most of you, it is the same. In the last week, I had two Amazon packages ‘delivered’ that didn’t actually make it inside my house -  I have since installed a video doorbell and I’m ready to catch whoever has been stealing my pork rub and vintage GI Joe’s!

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Topics: phishing attempt, catch of the day, brand forgery

Catch of the Day: The Amazon Holiday Grinch

Posted by Stephen Ferrell

How many boxes are piling up at your front door? I will confess I now have three Alexa’s and have accidentally setup a subscription for AA batteries. If you ever need batteries, I’m your man. With the North Pole’s recent Reindeer weight, and carriage regulations Santa is now required to send 90% of his Christmas deliveries from Amazon directly.

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Nobody is Safe From Spear Phishing Attacks

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 According to statista.com IT Security spending in 2018 in the United States alone will reach $66B - an incredible number.

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Topics: phishing solution, business reputation, phishing emails, phishing attack, phishing attempt