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January Newsletter – Too Good To Be True

By January 31, 2023Newsletter

With fraudsters nowadays so capable of making the fake seem authentic – have you seen a deep-fake video? – it’s getting tougher to determine when an offer is too good to be true.

Such is the case with job seekers who are being met with a surge of fake job offers, which often start with a convincing email. In one such story that went viral, a candidate was even interviewed by a real person. If you’re looking for a new gig, never trust, always verify.

Global Cyberattacks

Global cyberattacks increased by 38% in 2022, according to Check Point Research, reaching an all-time high in Q4 with an average of 1168 weekly attacks per organization. The USA saw a 57% increase in overall cyberattacks, while the UK saw a 77% increase. This surge stems from hacker interest in healthcare organizations and a focus on collaboration tools used in work-from-home environments, targeting education institutions.

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Embrace Radical Transparency

In a recent article, Niklas Hellemann suggests “Radical Transparency” for cybersecurity in response to data breaches, a shift from the concealment, blame, and finger-pointing that is currently commonplace. It goes beyond disclosing info when it’s necessary — it means proactively sharing important info, even when it’s uncomfortable.

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Fake Job Offers

Fake job offers have tripled in the last 3 years, with Americans now losing nearly 100 million dollars to them per quarter. One such story recently went viral from Gustavo Miller, a digital marketing specialist. It started with a convincing email, followed by an interview and access to a portal. He realized he was being scammed upon receiving a $3200 invoice for work equipment and noticed changes to the third-party website and email that sent it. His LinkedIn post received thousands of comments, with many people recounting similar experiences.

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Cyber Security Made Social

We’re gathering on Thursday, March 23rd to welcome spring and the warmer weather in the best way: with cyber security banter, tasty craft brews, and delicious BBQ at District Brew Yards.

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