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Roger Grimes

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5 Notable Obscure Phishing Scams

I love that KnowBe4’s customers are among the most knowledgeable and educated people in the world in avoiding phishing scams. KnowBe4’s products help its customers to educate and test ...
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Having an Efficient Security Awareness Training Program

I love that KnowBe4’s customers are among the most knowledgeable and educated people in the world in avoiding phishing scams. KnowBe4’s products help its customers to educate and test ...
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Answer 4 Simple Questions To Avoid a Social Engineering Attack

I am usually not a man of a few words. I am the opposite. I write hundreds of pages a month and talk non-stop in person. But lately, I have been trying to be better at saying more with ...
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How Not To Get Phished: It Is the Message Not the Medium

Back in the early 1990s, when I was first getting into the IT field as a full-time network administrator, I was tasked with writing up our corporation’s new email policy. Email was just ...
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Nuclear Ransomware 3.0: It Is About To Get Much Worse

If you think ransomware is bad, it is about to get much, much worse. What will ransomware gangs do? Just everything.
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U.S. Government Says To Avoid Phishing-Resistant MFA

The U.S. government has been pushing people to avoid SMS- and voice call-based multi-factor authentication (MFA) for years, but their most recent warning is to avoid any MFA that is ...
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Five Signs of Social Engineering

Social engineering can come in many different forms: via email, websites, voice calls, SMS messages, social media and even fax. If it is a communication method, scammers and criminals are ...
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Be Wary of Unrequested Disc Images

Microsoft’s recent announcement that the new version of Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Windows 11, will be released soon is capturing headlines around the world. Microsoft will allow ...
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When the URL Domain Is Not Enough To Avoid a Phish

One of the most common mantras in security awareness training is “Examine the URL to determine if it points to the legitimate vendor or not!”
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How to Defeat REvil Ransomware

The REvil ransomware gang is in the news again! This time for a supply chain attack and the largest public extortion demand ever – $70 million dollars.
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Turning Compliance Into Tangible Security

Compliance and security are supposedly about risk management. Both seek to reduce the chances that threats and their risks will be able to successfully exploit a target. But they are ...
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Understanding Ransomware’s True Costs

We all know ransomware is pretty bad, but if you are a cybersecurity risk manager trying to justify the latest purchase to mitigate it, nailing down real numbers can be pretty hard. There ...
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The Future Of Ransomware

By Roger Grimes. Ransomware is pretty bad right now. It is taking down nearly any company and industry it can, targeting healthcare, energy infrastructure, and food supplies with equal ...
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Everyone Has It Wrong. It Is Not Double Extortion, It Is Quintuple Extortion!

I keep seeing a new ransomware term, “double extortion” being discussed. It is the hot, new buzzword surrounding ransomware. This term attempts to summarize how ransomware is no longer ...
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Cybersecurity Insurance Landscape Is Fundamentally Changing Right Now

By Roger Grimes. Ransomware is stealing so much money and interrupting so many businesses that it might be the beginning of their undoing. It is certainly radically changing the ...
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More Targeted Phishing Attacks Are Coming!

I have been in the cybersecurity business for 34 years. I am not an innately brilliant, but one of the things I seem to do well is to spot trends as they happen early in their cycle. It ...
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Paying the Ransom Is Not Just About Decryption

I just read that a well-known pipeline company paid $5M to the ransomware hacker group. And despite that, they are still having to use their backups because the decryption process is too ...
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Your Organization Needs to Take Security Awareness Training More Seriously

Your organization needs to take security awareness training (SAT) more seriously. I mean truly serious, really serious, and not relegated to some quasi-, semi-serious status that the vast ...
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Why Should We Care About Personal Smishing Attacks?

I am not sure what is going on these days, but for several weeks, I have received far more SMS-based phishing (i.e., smishing) attacks than usual.
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There Is No Herd Immunity in the Digital World

When I was first starting off in my career, I wanted to be a doctor. As life often goes, I got waylaid. Wanting to be a doctor turned in an accounting major and CPA certification, quickly ...
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