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Javvad Malik

Lead Security Awareness Advocate

Javvad Malik is the Lead Security Awareness Advocate at KnowBe4 and is based in London. Malik is an IT security professional with over 20 years of experience as an IT security administrator, consultant, industry analyst and security advocate. He is also a multi-award winner and is currently a Guinness World Records holder for the most views of a cybersecurity lesson on YouTube in 24 hours.
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The Importance of Security Culture: When Telecom Giants Resort to Malware

I recently read a story about a South Korean telecom company that pushed out malware to over 600,000 of its customers who were using torrents to share files, in a bid to limit their ...
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The Curious Case of the Payroll Pilfering

In a world where cyber espionage has become as common as a rainy day in London, the recent events surrounding the UK armed forces' payroll database have had us all raising our eyebrows ...
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The Double-Edged Sword of AI: Empowering Cybercriminals and the Need for Heightened Cybersecurity Awareness

The BBC recently reported that is warning that AI is driving an explosion in travel scams. Up to 900% in their estimation - making it abundantly clear that while AI can be a ...
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Balancing Act: The European Union's AI Act and the Quest for Responsible Innovation

The current landscape of artificial intelligence (AI) bears a striking resemblance to the early days of the internet. Just as the internet was once a wild, untamed frontier full of ...
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My Hacker Story: A Cautionary Tale of Intern Antics and Cultural Learnings

My hacker story does not paint me in the best light, and it is not intended to. I am a firm believer in sharing one's mistakes and being open to learning from them.
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The Indispensable World of Red Teaming

In this mad, mad world of breaches, organizations are scrambling to keep their heads above water. It's like trying to navigate a minefield while blindfolded and riding a unicycle — one ...
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The Overlooked Truth: User Experience in Cybersecurity

We live in a world where the term "cybersecurity" tends to make folks either shiver with anxiety or yawn with boredom. The narrative has always been about hacking, phishing, and all sorts ...
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The Global Reach of Cyber Threats: Why Security Awareness Training is More Important Than Ever

Based on news cycles within cybersecurity, it's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that threats only come from certain parts of the world or that they only target specific industries. ...
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Breach or Bluff: Cyber Criminals' Slippery Tactics

When the news first broke about a potential data breach at Ticketmaster, the details were murky. The Department of Home Affairs confirmed a cyber incident affecting Ticketmaster ...
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Don't Let Criminals Steal Your Summer Fun

Summer has finally arrived in certain parts of the world, and with it come many exciting events — from the grandeur of the Olympics to the grass courts of Wimbledon, from the electrifying ...
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Phishing Failures: How Not to Phish Your Users

This blog was co-written by Javvad Malik and Erich Kron. Let’s dive into the cautionary world of phishing simulations gone wrong. You know, those attempts to train users not to fall for ...
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UK Councils Under Cyber Attack: The Urgent Need for a Culture of Cybersecurity and Resilience

The very fabric that stitches our society together — our councils and local governing bodies — is under a silent siege from cyber attacks. The recent ransomware assault on Leicester ...
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The Cyber Achilles' Heel: Why World Leaders and High-Profile Individuals Must Prioritise Cybersecurity

Social media has become an indispensable tool for communication, outreach, and engagement. From world leaders to high-profile individuals, these platforms offer an unparalleled ...
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The Unsettling Leap of AI in Video Creation: A Glimpse Into Sora

In the rapidly evolving landscape of artificial intelligence (AI), the launch of Sora by OpenAI marks an unnerving milestone in video synthesis.
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Augmented Security: The Impact of AR on Cybersecurity

Recently, Apple launched its Apple Vision Pro to much fanfare and has pushed the discussion of Augmented Reality (AR) beyond the realms of gaming and entertainment. From healthcare ...
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Cupid’s Arrow of Cyber Scams

Valentine's Day. A time where love is in the air, florists work overtime, and restaurant tables are as scarce as a truthful politician. But as we're busy swiping right in hopes of finding ...
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AI in Cyberspace: A Double-Edged Sword

The UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), recently shared its findings on how AI might reshape the cyber landscape. In two separate posts, the NCSC is warning that the global ...
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Deepfakes: The Threat to Reality and How To Defend Against It

Deepfakes have emerged as a serious concern in the digital landscape, presenting a significant threat to truth and trust.
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Protecting Patient Data: The Importance of Cybersecurity in Healthcare

As digital transformation continues to shape the healthcare industry, it is crucial for healthcare organizations to prioritize cybersecurity. These organizations are entrusted with ...
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How Long Does It Take To Recover From a Ransomware Attack?

When I was in my 30s, I woke up one morning with a terrible pain shooting down one side of my back and around the side. The pain was so terrible, I could barely move, and was only able to ...
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