Report: Only 2 in 3 Cyber Attacks Can Be Stopped with Current Defenses
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User Rank: Ninja
3/1/2017 | 7:38:22 AM
1.2m phishings
according to an essay published this morning on Help Net Security:

With 1.2 million phishing attacks, 2016 was a success for cybercriminals

while converting to a more secure o/s may not be immediately practicle nonetheless people can move ahead with AUTHENTICATION for e/mail, current term

consider using Symantec/PGP Desktop with Outlook,   or -- use ENIGMAIL with Thunderbird

note that this can be phased in -- as users and correspondents can acquire training and software step-wise. 

while this will be seen as a burden cost the potential for blocking tragedy is significant.

all e/mail should be authenticated and encrypted.

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Jet Hedon
Jet Hedon,
User Rank: Apprentice
3/1/2017 | 7:11:06 AM
Re: "Hope is not a method"
Thanks for your comment, helped me out to learn more
User Rank: Ninja
3/1/2017 | 6:36:10 AM
"Hope is not a method"
between the cubes today employees are admonished to read incomming e/mails carefully and not to click on "anything funny"

there was an article on this this morning   on ComputerWorld

see A better security strategy than 'know your enemy': Know your co-workers


(1) are employees going to be highly successful in examining input mails for signs of fraud?    are they even capable of doing that ?   or are there going to be a few click-firsts and then ooooops errors ?

(2) why are your computer systems vulnerable to "phishing" messages that are loaded with malware?


a. start using PGP with Outlook to validate e/mails.   Or Thunderbird/ENIGMAIL .   It isn't hard; you can do it.

b. use a secure o/s.   we may not have any that are 100% secure -- but some are MUCH better than others.


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