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Fighting Phishing: Everything You Can Do to Fight Social Engineering and Phishing

I have created a comprehensive webinar, based on my recent book, “Fighting Phishing: Everything You Can Do to Fight Social Engineering and Phishing”. It contains everything that KnowBe4 ...
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Social Engineering Scams Can Come in the Mail, Too

Social engineering scams can come through any communications channel (e.g., email, web, social media, SMS, phone call, etc.). They can even come in the mail as the Nextdoor warning below ...
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The Hard Evidence That Phishing Training and Testing Really Works Great

Security awareness training (SAT) and simulated phishing works to significantly reduce cybersecurity risk. We have the data, customer testimonials and government recommendations to prove ...
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KnowBe4 Free Tools Now Available On CISA’s Website

We are big fans of the U.S. Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), whose informal slogan of “An organization so committed to security that it’s in our name twice” is a ...
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Black Basta Ransomware Uses Phishing Flood to Compromise Orgs

Rapid7 reports an interesting social engineering scheme that easily bypasses content filtering defenses and creatively uses a fake help desk to supposedly “help” users put down the attack.
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Google’s Multi-Party Approval Process Is Great, but Not Unphishable

Like most observers, I celebrated Google’s recent announcement on April 9th about new multi-party approvals for a handful or so of common actions accomplished by super admins in Google ...
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Is RogerLovesTaco$24 a Strong Password?

Is "RogerLovesTaco$24" a strong password? No! Everyone has a ton of passwords. They should be strong and unique for every site and service you use. Everyone knows this.
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The Art of Huh?

One of the best things you can teach yourself, your family, and your organization is how to recognize the common signs of phishing and how to mitigate and appropriately report it.
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Next Week is World Password Day!

May 2nd is World Password Day. Despite the computer industry telling us for decades that our passwords will soon be gone, we now have more than ever!
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You Really Are Being Surveilled All the Time

“If the product is free, you are the product!” No truer words have ever been spoken. But in today’s internet-connected, ad-everywhere world, even if you are paying for the product or ...
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Critical Improvements To The Seven Most Common Pieces of Cybersecurity Advice

I have been in the cybersecurity industry for over 35 years and I am the author of 14 books and over 1,400 articles on cybersecurity.
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Social Engineering The #1 Root Cause Behind Most Cyber Crimes In FBI Report

The following paragraphs were cited directly from my recent article highlighting social engineering. "Social engineering and phishing are involved in 70% to 90% of all successful ...
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CISA Recommends Continuous Cybersecurity Training

In an age when 70% - 90% of successful data breaches involve social engineering (which gets past all other defenses), sufficient training is needed to best reduce human-side cybersecurity ...
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If Social Engineering Accounts for up to 90% of Attacks, Why Is It Ignored?

Social engineering and phishing are involved in 70% to 90% of all successful cybersecurity attacks. No other initial root hacking cause comes close.
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How Much Will AI Help Cybercriminals?

Do not forget, AI-enabled technologies, like KnowBe4’s Artificial Intelligence Defense Agents (AIDA), will make defenses increasingly better.
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Three Essential Truths Every CISO Should Know To Guide Their Career

According to my research, it became clear that if CISO's focused on these three items, it would take care of 99% of the vulnerabilities.
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Phishers Abusing Legitimate but Neglected Domains To Pass DMARC Checks

A recent great article by BleepingComputer about domain hijacking and DMARC abuse reminded me that many companies and people do not understand DMARC well enough to understand what it does ...
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Game-Changer: Biometric-Stealing Malware

I have been working in cybersecurity for a long time, since 1987, over 35 years. And, surprisingly to many readers/observers, I often say I have not seen anything new in the ...
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Credential Theft Is Mostly Due To Phishing

According to IBM X-Force’s latest Threat Intelligence Index, 30% of all cyber incidents in 2023 involved abuse of valid credentials. X-Force’s report stated that abuse of valid ...
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Anyone Can Be Scammed and Phished, With Examples

I recently read an article about a bright, sophisticated woman who fell victim to an unbelievable scam. By unbelievable, I mean most people reading or hearing about it could not believe ...
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