“It’s an honor to be named a winner of the 8th Annual 2013 Hot Companies and Best Products Awards and be recognized by industry peers for our hard work and dedication to providing cutting edge training solutions to our customers,” said Aaron Higbee, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of PhishMe.
Spring. For some it signals rejuvenation, rebirth, everything blooming…but for security administrators it can mean new security risk. Spring means that the next round of college seniors will be entering the workforce soon, which for phishers means a fresh group of targets. Hopefully their college educations have prepared them for the majority of challenges they will face, but when it comes to phishing that is unlikely. The types of phishing emails students and consumers receive are quite different from what employees receive, and without training, young employees can’t be expected to avoid tactics they haven’t seen.
“People really had their pitchforks out for Twitter yesterday, and I thought it was a little undeserved,” Aaron Higbee, CTO of PhishMe, said. “This wasn’t Twitter’s problem. This was AP employees getting phished.”
When a hacked Twitter account spreads false news of an explosion at the White House and causes hysteria that spurs a 140 point drop in the stock market, it should encourage calls for Twitter to bolster its security measures, so it’s no surprise that many are clamoring for Twitter to offer 2-factor authentication. One problem with this – news outlets are reporting that hackers gained access to the AP’s account through a phishing attack. While 2-factor authentication makes it more difficult to phish an account, it will not prevent this type of attack from being successful (nor will a more complex or longer password for that matter).