Stephen Ferrell

Stephen Ferrell

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The Business Risk of Phishing Emails

Posted by Stephen Ferrell

Phishing needs no introduction; you'd be hard pressed to find someone who couldn't at least give a brief description of what it is. While technical knowledge would undoubtedly differ person to person,the overwhelming consensus would be that phishing is universally considered to be a bad thing. The FBI has been tracking its impact, and the Department of Homeland Security is taking an active interest. When we consider phishing attacks in the corporate world, we must assess the myriad of risks that phishing attacks can bring to bear on the business.

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Topics: email security

Reduce the Risk of Phishing Attacks on Your Company

Posted by Stephen Ferrell

Cyber Security professionals have perhaps the most challenging job in information technology. Often their work is done quietly, out of sight and out of mind, until of course, a security breach occurs, then the cybersecurity professional becomes front and center. Email security  is one of the biggest challenges facing organizations today.

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Topics: anti-phishing solution

How to Stop Phishing Emails

Posted by Stephen Ferrell

By the end of this article, you will know exactly how to stop phishing emails.

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Topics: phishing emails

How to Stop Phishing Emails from Putting Your Company at Risk

Posted by Stephen Ferrell

A phishing email from a Hempstead, New York man spoofed email addresses and tricked a Virginia trade association into authorizing payments to fake vendors. By the time officials caught on to his phishing scheme, the trade association was out $1.1 million.

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Topics: phishing emails

How to Secure Your Email from Phishing Attacks

Posted by Stephen Ferrell

Every day, more than 293 billion emails are sent and received. That’s a lot of potential targets for cyber criminals.  More than half of all email sent is some form of spam and much of that includes phishing attempts.  Secure email is no longer optional.

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How Notification Banners Prevent Phishing Attacks

Posted by Stephen Ferrell

As children, we learn by association, and visual representation becomes associated with mental and verbal naming. This association is true regardless of which language we speak. Put simply, that is how we learn. It also works when we get older, particularly when we are learning a new language.

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Topics: phishing attack

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

Posted by Stephen Ferrell

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

Posted by Stephen Ferrell

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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Topics: phishing

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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Topics: phishing simulator

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

Posted by Stephen Ferrell

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

Posted by Stephen Ferrell

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