David Dufour: October 1, 2019

PHISHING SCAMS ON THE RISE: EMAIL FROM BOSS IS MOST ENTICING BAIT – 62% OF U.S. RESPONDENTS HAVE HAD THEIR PERSONAL OR FINANCIAL DATA COMPROMISED AS PART OF A BREACH OR HACK AT LEAST ONCE

***October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month*** 

David Dufour

Vice President Engineering, Webroot; Cybersecurity Expert

Every year, millions of Americans fall victim to online scams and cybercrime. Yet, they project a false sense of confidence in their ability to protect themselves. Nearly 4 in 5 office workers think they can distinguish a phishing message from a genuine one, but fewer than half correctly ID phones calls as vulnerable to phishing attacks, and even fewer recognized app notifications, post mail or video chat.

To kick off National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, cybersecurity expert, David Dufour, will be available to discuss the rising threat of online scams and to educate viewers on how they can protect themselves from the different types of scams. He’ll share results from a recent survey that provides insight behind the “psychology of the click” including consumer behaviors that unknowingly put them at risk.

Some of the top scams include:

·       Phishing scams: Phishing remains a poplar attack for cybercriminals, not only targeting the elderly but also millennials and everyone in between. Before providing sensitive information, confirm the request is legitimate.

·       Bank or credit card scam: Beware of bank offers guaranteeing large sums of money or random requests to update account information. Always keep a close eye on credit and debit accounts for unusual activity.

·       Online dating scams: As online dating continues to gain popularity, so do romance scams. Familiarize yourself with the warning signs to avoid having both your heart broken and bank account cleared out.

·       Fake websites: There are countless websites out there that might redirect you to malicious links and give hackers access to sensitive data. Learn how to spot a fake site to protect yourself and your information.

Did you know?

•        Phishing scams are on the rise, with 5.3M Phishing URL’s discovered in in July alone, up from 1.3M in January.

•        32% of respondents did not change their passwords after being impacted by a breach.

•        76% have received a phishing message at work, however 25% didn’t report it.

•        65% say they’re most likely to open an email from their boss first.

 

For more information please visit: www.webroot.com

 

MORE ABOUT DAVID DUFOUR:

Mr. Dufour is a leader in the computer security and threat analytics industry focused on developing new techniques for identifying and preventing threats related to ransomware, exploits and other cyber-attacks. His experience with machine learning, contextual analytics, big data, integration automation and forensics has led to the development of several cutting-edge solutions for mapping threat landscapes, identifying cybercriminals and the use of predictive algorithms for pre-attack determination. Mr. Dufour also spends time speaking on topics pertaining to threat analytics, theoretical security systems design and works to move the security industry to a more automated, predictive architecture.

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