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This is the blog for MindPoint Group's Information Security & Privacy (ISP) division. We hope to use this to contribute to and debate ideas among the ISP community.
06
Sep
2018

Social Engineering Part 3: Phishing

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If you survey your co-workers, chances are high you will find they have received a phishing email at some point. It’s not surprising since phishing is the number one cause of breaches in the world, with an average of more than 46,000 new phishing sites created per day, or nearly 1.5 million each month (Webroot

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15
Aug
2018

Social Engineering Part 2: Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT)

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“Most scams work because victims are successfully convinced the scam is real. Thus, victims give criminals their information more often than it is maliciously stolen. A scammer’s main goal is to convince you to hand over your information voluntarily, as opposed to using forceful intimidation or threats.” “While hostility is one social engineering methodology, expert

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05
Jul
2018

Hardware Vulnerability: Understanding Spectre, Meltdown and the Price of Unchecked Modernization

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Firewalls, encryption, antivirus software, armed security guards, dual authentication and every other added security mechanism that exists to secure data, do so to protect data from unauthorized access. Most bugs and viruses exploit weaknesses through a lapse in software or by targeting a specific operating system. However, less than a week into 2018, a different

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10
Jun
2018

Inherent Risk Tiering for Third-Party Vendor Assessments

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It can be a challenging and overwhelming task to adequately manage the risk associated with outsourcing technology or business processes, no matter the size or sector of the organization. This is supported by a study sponsored by the Ponemon Institute, which gathered responses from hundreds of respondents across both public and private sectors to present

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09
May
2018

Conducting and Detecting Data Exfiltration

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Is your organization taking proactive measures to prevent a data breach?  From 2016 to 2017, the number of data breaches in the U.S. increased by 45%. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, more than 1,500 data breach incidents occurred in 2017, of which 53% exposed social security numbers and 19% exposed credit card numbers.

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