Phish Fryday – Remote Work Security

The current COVID-19 pandemic has organizations scrambling to setup remote work options for their employees. As technology is hastily rolled out and policies are updated, anxious users are looking for guidance and support. Threat actors, taking advantage of the situation, are using this gap in information to execute successful phishing campaigns. In this episode we speak with Cofense Co-founder and CTO Aaron Higbee and Cofense Security Solutions Advisor Tonia Dudley to discuss attacks we’re seeing as well as some tips to protect your workforce.

Mentioned in this episode:

WebEx Phishing Campaign

Remote Work Infocenter

Questions or comments? Reach us at phishfryday@cofense.com

Phish Fryday – Phishing Trends from the Front Lines

Phishing threat actors constantly tweak and tune their attacks to evade secure email gateways to reach user inboxes. When that happens, your best users will report those attacks to security, giving you a jump on neutralizing the threat. In this episode, we speak with Ashley Tran, Threat Analyst in Cofense’s Phishing Defense Center, about the threats she and her team have been seeing lately as customers report the latest attacks.

Mentioned in this episode:

YouTube Phishing Redirects

Coronavirus Infocenter

Questions or comments? Reach us at phishfryday@cofense.com

Phish Fryday – Threat Intelligence in Phishing Defense

Cyber defense goes beyond following a book of best practices. It requires awareness of current threats and how to defend against those threats, otherwise the amount of “what ifs” will overwhelm a security team. In this episode, we speak with Mollie MacDougall, Intelligence Product Manager at Cofense, about the role of threat intelligence in phishing defense.

Mentioned in this episode:

Cofense Intelligence

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Phish Fryday – Cyber Insurance and Risk Management

Risk management is more than just ensuring bad things don’t happen. There are some risks that can’t be adequately mitigated and organizations look to risk transference, such as insurance, to help protect them. In this episode, we speak with Darren Thomson, head of Cyber Security Strategy at CyberCube, to discuss the role of cyber insurance in cyber risk management.

Mentioned in this episode:

CyberCube

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Phish Fryday – Phishing and Ransomware in Healthcare

While phishing attacks and ransomware affect all industries, healthcare is particularly vulnerable. Medical equipment running outdated software, limited budgets, and a need to provide lifesaving actions without delay increase cyber risk beyond the confidentiality demands of HIPAA. In this episode, we speak with Gerald Auger, a Security Architect with the Medical University of South Carolina about the challenges the healthcare industry faces.

Mentioned in this episode:

Wood Ranch Medical closes due to ransomware attack

Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices

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Phish Fryday – Coronavirus and Awareness Training

With much of the world focused on COVID-19, or Coronavirus, attackers are taking advantage of the resulting concern to target potential victims with Coronavirus-themed scams. A result of this is the decision to use these scams as part of phishing awareness training. In this special episode, we speak with Cofense Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer Aaron Higbee and Security Solution Advisor Tonia Dudley to talk about Cofense’s stance towards the use of these templates and how organizations can balance the need to keep their people informed but protected.

Links mentioned in the show:

Jake Williams’ (@Malwarejake) Twitter Poll

Cofense Coronavirus Resource Center

Questions or comments? Reach us at phishfryday@cofense.com

Phish Fryday – Phishing Awareness Programs

When a phishing attack hits a user’s inbox, you know your perimeter defenses have failed, leaving it up to your humans to detect and report the attack. This doesn’t happen by chance. It takes a sound phishing awareness program to tune a user’s senses to suspicious emails and educate them on how to report. In this episode, we speak with Cofense Chief Technology Officer Aaron Higbee and Security Solution Advisor Tonia Dudley to talk about the goals of these programs and how to mature them to protect your organization.

Questions or comments? Reach us at phishfryday@cofense.com

Phish Fryday – Encrypted Loaders

With over 90% of malware being distributed by email (according to the 2019 Verizon DBIR), malspam is a serious concern for phishing defenders. Cofense has recently seen new methods used by attackers to make it even harder for researchers to analyze their malicious payloads. In this episode we speak with Cofense Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst Max Gannon about what these new methods are, the challenges they present to defenders and researchers, and what we can do to protect ourselves.

Questions or comments? Reach us at phishfryday@cofense.com

Phish Fryday – 2019 Q4 Malware Trends – Part 2

Cofense Intelligence recently released their strategic analysis of malware trends of the last quarter of 2019, along with some predictions for the coming year. In our previous episode, we looked at some of the trends seen at the end of last year. In this second part, we speak with two key contributors on the report, Cofense Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst Max Gannon and Senior Intelligence Specialist Alan Rainer as they look ahead as to what organizations should be anticipating in the threat landscape and how to prepare for them.

For more information on topics mentioned in this episode, please visit:

Q4 2019 Malware Trends Report

Questions or comments? Reach us at phishfryday@cofense.com

Phish Fryday – 2019 Q4 Malware Trends – Part 1

Cofense Intelligence recently released their strategic analysis of malware trends of the last quarter of 2019, along with some predictions for the coming year. In this 2-part episode, we speak with two key contributors on the report, Cofense Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst Max Gannon and Senior Intelligence Specialist Alan Rainer. In part 1, we’ll discuss the evolutionary nature of attacks at the end of 2019, including 4 key pieces of malware of note. In part 2, we’ll look ahead as to what organizations should be anticipating in the threat landscape and how to prepare for them.

For more information on topics mentioned in this episode, please visit:

Q4 2019 Malware Trends Report

Questions or comments? Reach us at phishfryday@cofense.com