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2017 predictions: Looking forward to a new year in cyber security

As another busy year in cyber security draws to an end, our team shares their thoughts on the trends and issues we should keep an eye out for in 2017.  How can we stay protected against the latest threats? I asked our experts for their views and we’d be interested to hear your predictions too…

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2017 – The year of social engineering-as-a-service?

Social engineering is the use of psychological tools such as deceit, misdirection, manipulation and flattery to elicit unauthorised information or access to systems. Social engineering is an increasingly common way for criminals to attack organisations as it does not always rely on cyber vulnerabilities but rather takes advantage of the weakest element in an organisation, human beings. People are susceptible to social engineering because these attacks exploit social norms and human nature, including reciprocity, curiosity, and pride. As we become increasingly connected – at work, at home and intertwining the two – the opportunities and impacts of social engineering are increasing.

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Is social engineering the new norm?

Throughout history humans have sought to socially engineer each other, exploiting social norms and applying pressure to reveal information or gain advantage. From travelling conmen and master spies to cyber threats and phishing emails the fundamental problem is the same, humans can be manipulated.

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Phishy deals on Cyber Monday?

As America recovers from Turkey overload this Thanksgiving, thrifty shoppers are dusting off their credit cards to satisfy an altogether different appetite – the appetite for a bargain. With Black Friday already upon us and Cyber Monday just around the corner, online retailers are offering their most tempting holiday deals.

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