Wombat in the News

Wombat’s staff contributes articles for industry publications and provides expert commentary for news media, including Wired, TechRepublic, and Fast Company, as well as The Economist and The Wall Street Journal.

Wombat in the News

Wombat’s staff contributes articles for industry publications and provides expert commentary for news media, including Wired, TechRepublic, and Fast Company, as well as The Economist and The Wall Street Journal.

2018Quarter Four

November 7, 2018

Top 4 Cybersecurity tips for the start of term

A seen on FE News... The beginning of the new term brings many changes for those taking their first steps into higher and further education: new places, new routines,...

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October 17, 2018

Is a travelling exec your biggest cyber risk?

As seen on IT Pro Portal... Here are a few best practice tips to help keep your employees safe whilst out of the office. Though the summer holidays are behind us,...

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October 17, 2018

Now that the whole world knows Kanye West's iPhone password, how secure are your cell habits?

As seen in the Post Gazette... When it comes to cybersecurity expertise, Kanye West is not exactly at the top of the charts. During an Oval Office meeting with President...

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2018Quarter Three

September 26, 2018

10 Tactics For Teaching Cybersecurity Best Practices To Your Whole Company

As seen on Forbes... Smart leaders know that their entire team needs to be well-educated on the importance and best practices of cybersecurity if they hope to protect...

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September 25, 2018

Five Tricks for Defending Against Phishing Attacks

As seen on Toolbox... Forget about locking the doors of your office. You have a much bigger security concern from phishing attacks that land in your inbox. Last year, 76...

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September 24, 2018

Employers overlook a key ally in preventing cyberattacks: HR departments

As seen on Employee Benefit News... Everyone gets them — an email message that looks exactly like it came from a co-worker or a supervisor. It may come with a link that...

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2018Quarter Two

June 25, 2018

125+ cybersecurity companies in healthcare to know | 2018

As seen on Becker's Hospital Review... Healthcare organizations face an increasing threat from cyber attacks and hospitals are spending big to ensure their patients'...

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June 22, 2018

2018 InfoSec Peer Awards results announced at our annual summer party!

As seen on TEISS News... Last night was our annual TEISS summer party at the Grange Holborn Hotel’s rooftop bar in London, which overlooked a splendid view of the city.

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June 15, 2018

'Nigerian prince' email scam 2.0: How to avoid falling victim to social engineering cyberattacks

As seen on ABA Journal... Lawyers at Owens, Schine & Nicola, a personal injury firm in Connecticut, thought they had an easy collections matter to resolve. In September...

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2018Quarter One

March 30, 2018

Cyber awareness program: How one CISO became a believer

As seen on TechTarget... It took a nation-state attack for Alan Levine to realize the importance of implementing a cyber awareness program. “I believed that cyber...

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March 26, 2018

Sharing Is Caring: These Tips Can Help Your End Users Avoid Tax-Related Scams

As seen on Information Security Buzz... As more and more Americans continue to turn to technology to file their taxes, there is — as with virtually all of today’s...

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March 26, 2018

Cyber, a C-suite issue

As seen on Professional Security... Board members are recognised as a trusted group of individuals with the expertise and experience to oversee the overall activities...

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2017Quarter Four

December 22, 2017

Predictions A - Z for 2018 - Dystopian or Utopian dawn?

Happy New Year! SC Media UK resumes news reporting on 2 Jan 2018. During the break, catch up on our experts' predictions for a range of positive and negative futures,...

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December 20, 2017

The A-Z of 2018 Threatscape Predictions

Here at IT Security Thing we end up travelling all over the world to listen to what the great and the good of the cybersecurity industry have to say. It’s a tough job,...

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December 20, 2017

Wombat Security’s top security predictions for 2018

Wombat Security Technologies has given its 2018 security predictions. Phishing is predicted to continue serving as a key access point for increasing cyber attacks on...

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2017Quarter Three

September 29, 2017

It's game on for best security practices

A large number of working adults still do not know what phishing and ransomware are, let alone how to detect a social engineering attack, according to Wombat Security’s...

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September 21, 2017

Protecting confidential information still a main concern for end users

A study by Wombat Security Technologies of more than 70 million questions and answers identifies strengths and weaknesses tied both directly to phishing and threats...

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September 19, 2017

End Users Getting Better at Identifying Phishing Attacks

Users today are more likely to recognize a phishing attack than they were a year ago, according to data from Wombat Security Technologies. In the 2017 Beyond the Phish...

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2017Quarter Two

June 30, 2017

An Urgent Need for Security Awareness Training: 30 Percent of Employees Don't Know What Phishing Is

A recent Wombat Security Technologies survey of more than 2,000 working adults (half in the U.S. and half in the U.K.) found that 30 percent of respondents don't know...

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June 28, 2017

Petya Ransomware Attack

News is currently breaking about a new widespread ransomware attack, striking large multinational companies across Europe, with Ukraine’s government, banks, state power...

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June 23, 2017

New social media scams: Can you tell friend from foe?

Most security organizations have long since lost the fight to keep employees from using social media on work computers; indeed, many people now have to be on Facebook...

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2017Quarter One

March 20, 2017

Spot that Phishing E-Mail Before It Catches You

Most tech-savvy people think they’re clever enough to recognize a phishing attempt—and they should think again. Cyberattacks are getting smarter and criminals’ phishing...

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March 19, 2017

Phishing Scams Even Fool Tech Nerds—Here’s How to Avoid Them

You know not to click on links in sketchy emails. Everybody knows that. And yet, people fall for these phishing attacks all the time. Case in point: The FBI suspects a...

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March 14, 2017

March Madness Is a Winning Play for Hackers

For fans of NCAA Men’s Basketball, there may be no greater sign of spring than Selection Sunday. Now that the matchups have been announced, the madness of March can...

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2016Quarter Four

December 14, 2016

Network managers should be checking their list twice

With Black Friday just around the corner, here are some tips to make sure your site remains up and running. Make sure it is a holly jolly time of the year As IT Ops...

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December 13, 2016

Gazing Ahead: Security Predictions, Part 2

Amy Baker, VP of Marketing, Wombat Security Phishing will continue to be a huge issue in 2017. In 2016, it's been another day, another email leak. Retrospectively, 2015...

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December 13, 2016

Gazing Ahead: Security Predictions, Part 3

Mark Gazit, CEO, ThetaRay Because of the devastating hike in high-profile security breaches, as well as executive boards' increased emphasis on damage to reputation,...

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2016Quarter Three

September 26, 2016

The Morning Risk Report: Harris FCPA Case Shows Cooperation Benefits

The decision earlier this month by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to issue a declination to communications and technology company Harris Corp. is the first...

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September 23, 2016

5 Huge Questions About the Yahoo Hack, Answered

Are you at risk of identity theft? What about Verizon's deal to buy Yahoo? And who the heck has your information? Half a billion Yahoo accounts were unlawfully...

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September 23, 2016

Survey Roundup: Employees Challenged on Workplace Cybersecurity Issues

Hashtag Dangerous: A report on workplace cybersecurity issues by Wombat Security Technologies found safe use of social media is a top challenge for employees and...

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2016Quarter Two

June 27, 2016

Boost your security: Get IT and HR to collaborate

Ask what department is responsible for data security in an organization and the most likely answer is, “IT.” But some experts are saying it shouldn’t be IT alone – that...

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June 9, 2016

Dramatic Increase in Phishing Proves Its Effectiveness

On any given day, between 50 and 100 email messages land in my spam filter, and maybe one ended up there by accident. A few are legitimate emails, trying to sell me...

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June 8, 2016

Phishing Hits New 12-Year High, Indicates 'Alarming Trend'

In its newest  Phishing Activity Trends Report, the APWG noted a 250% increase in phishing sites between October 2015 and March 2016 — and the 2016 uptick indicates an...

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2016Quarter One

March 28, 2016

Reduce Cyber Security Risks with Employee Training

Your employees are an important line of defense against a data breach or cyber attack that could lead to financial or reputation loss for your company. Increased...

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March 23, 2016

Microsoft Office 2016 Blocks Malicious Macros

Microsoft released a new feature in Office 2016 that helps administrators prevent macro-based malware infections. Microsoft is making it tougher for enterprises to...

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March 16, 2016

Rise in Security Awareness Pays Off Big for Wombat Security

These days, a keen awareness of security matters is vital for continued growth. Those who don't have a good handle on security are more likely to be breached, their...

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2015Quarter Four

December 30, 2015

Ransomware: Understanding and Avoiding It (Security Info Watch)

Ransomware has come back into the spotlight, with a Krebs on Security report highlighting a recent attack targeting Linux web servers — in addition to consumers and...

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December 29, 2015

Hackers Set to Target Medical Records and Retailers in 2016

Cybercriminals have already begun targeting additional medical records by launching more malware and phishing attacks as they prey on retailers in a concerted effort to...

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December 28, 2015

16 Pittsburgh Tech Companies to Watch in 2016

Five years ago, compiling a list of the rising stars on the local tech startup scene was a fairly straight-forward task. Investment experts and educators generally...

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2015Quarter Three

September 30, 2015

Does Security Awareness and Training Even Work?

If even well-educated security experts mess up when it comes to security, can we really educate average employees to be more security aware? The other day, I was in a...

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August 28, 2015

Report: phishing training could cut damage costs by $1.8M

A new report from Ponemon Institute LLC, The Cost of Phishing & Value of Employee Training, has put a number on the yearly costs of phishing breaches for the average...

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August 27, 2015

Office design offers a window into company values

When Wombat Security Technologies moved from North Oakland to the Strip District last year, the company listened to employee feedback and changed parts of its office...

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2015Quarter Two

June 25, 2015

Want fewer security incidents? Get your users to change their risky behaviors

Global spending on IT security just keeps going up and up. According to Gartner, worldwide spending increased 7.9 percent in 2014 over 2013, and 2015 has seen another...

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June 16, 2015

5 Important IT Trends of 2015 and Beyond

Summary: As technology evolves at an ever-increasing pace, it brings major changes to the IT department. In this era, the IT department moves from a back-office...

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June 9, 2015

Alternatives to Passwords: What's on the Horizon?

It seems like once a week, we see yet another story about a security failure involving passwords. In May alone, for instance, the news came that an  unpatched...

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2015Quarter One

March 27, 2015

Social engineering techniques are becoming harder to stop, experts say

As more personal and corporate information is shared on the Web, social engineering techniques and attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, forcing enterprises...

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March 25, 2015

How to Stay One Step Ahead of Hackers

Once upon a time — say, seven or eight years ago— setting up your home computer with antivirus software, and then maybe adding a firewall, was all you would need to do...

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March 17, 2015

The 7 Best Social Engineering Attacks Ever

Social engineering is nothing new. In 1849, Samuel Williams, the original "confidence man," as the newspapers named him, engineered gullible strangers out of their...

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2014Quarter Four

December 4, 2014

Lessons Learned from Costco? Employee Training Matters

Over the last week, Costco became the latest victim of phishing. Every day another mega company joins the list. In one recent instance, more than 56 million customer...

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November 17, 2014

Wombat Security Software Teaches Cyber Defense

A little-known fact about wombats is they become fiercely protective when they’re provoked. For this reason, three faculty members at Carnegie Mellon University decided...

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November 12, 2014

Wombat Releases Security Education Platform

The platform includes auto-enrollment in training modules, which helps ensure that users most susceptible to attack are being trained first. Cyber-security awareness and...

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2014Quarter Three

September 29, 2014

Be Aware: 8 Tips for Security Awareness Training

It's every security professional's nightmare. All your best security measures: rendered useless by one great social engineering attack, one lost smartphone, or one weak...

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September 25, 2014

Phishing is a Threat to the Economy

As CEO of a leading cyber security education company, I continue to be shocked by the increasing number of successful phishing attacks and what this means to the...

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September 3, 2014

Phishing Scams at All-Time High, Employee Training Not Keeping Pace

Phishing attacks aren't going away any time soon. The mindset that eventually someone will find a technology that prevents this type of attack is wishful thinking. As...

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2014Quarter Two

June 13, 2014

Cybercrime paying off for Pittsburgh security training service

Whether it’s a shadowy foreign gang seeking digital back channels into nuclear facilities or a lone hacker digging for a database of consumer passwords, the...

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May 21, 2014

Security Education: Breaking Down The Obstacles

Ask a roomful of IT managers and chief information security officers (CISOs) if end users are their biggest information security risk and almost every arm will shoot up...

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May 19, 2014

Hackers using sophisticated techniques to get access to your company

When you receive an email from a purported prince asking for help to transfer money, you have learned by now to delete it and never, ever click on any links it contains....

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2014Quarter One

March 27, 2014

Wombat Adds Posters, Message Boards to Security Training Platform

by Nathan EddyeWeekMarch 27, 2014 The company specializes in information security awareness and training software to help organizations teach their employees secure...

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March 4, 2014

Dell SecureWorks Adds Two New Services to Its Security Awareness Training Solutions Portfolio

Dell SecureWorks, an industry leader in information security services, is adding two new services to its portfolio of Security Awareness Training Solutions: Managed...

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February 13, 2014

CIOsynergy Announces Wombat Security Technologies as Official Sponsor for Its February 20, 2014 Atlanta Event

Wombat Security will provide CIOsynergy attendees with best practices in security awareness and training that help employees learn secure behavior. CIOsynergy, a...

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2013Quarter Four

November 19, 2013

Could do better - IT security training

It is an old mantra when it comes to IT security that the user is the weakest link, but it is one that must be addressed. Technology helps: for example, through the use...

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November 18, 2013

Thornton May: Caught between mobility's rock and hard place

The rock: Users want to use their smartphones for work. The hard place: Security is deficient. All CIOs are caught between the two. A high-potential millennial told the...

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November 15, 2013

The Human Hack: How to Fight an Internet Risk Technology Can't Fix

A year ago, James Robinson played a trick on about 600 salespeople at a company where you wouldn't expect the employees to be easily fooled. Staffers at Websense Inc....

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2013Quarter Three

September 19, 2013

Comment: Finding Common Ground through Simulated Phishing Attacks

By helping users understand that they can be part of the security solution, Joe Ferrara of Wombat Security says simulated phishing attacks can mend the often difficult...

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September 12, 2013

Wombat Security Technologies Intros Phishing Education, Assessment Solution

The company says simulated phishing attacks, along with Wombat's training, have caused a more than 80 percent reduction in susceptibility to attack. Wombat Security...

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September 10, 2013

Wombat Security Technologies Unveils Integrated Anti-Phishing Assessment And Education Solution

Wombat Security Technologies (Wombat), a leading provider of cyber security awareness and training solutions, today announced their anti-phishing training suite. The...

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2013Quarter Two

June 3, 2013

Are You Doing Everything You Can When It Comes to Phish?

I continue to be surprised by the number of organizations that seem to think they are doing everything they can to protect themselves, their employees and their...

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May 23, 2013

ContraRisk Security Podcast: Phishing & Security Awareness

Phishing clearly works and is on the rise. It's often the first step in targeted attacks – so-called Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs). Why has it become so popular...

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April 15, 2013

Security Awareness Training Debate: Does it Make a Difference?

Does security awareness training actually help? When it comes to phishing and spear-phishing attacks, many executives appear to think it does make a difference. Many...

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2013Quarter One

February 27, 2013

Wombat Security finishing $1M round

Anti-phishing firm Wombat Security Technologies is finalizing a $1 million funding round and has already closed on $815,000. The remaining funds are expected to close in...

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February 20, 2013

Wombat Launches SmishGuru to Combat Phishing Attacks

The interactive training modules teach employees about social engineering, smishing attacks, malicious URLs and overall smartphone smartphone security. Cyber security...

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February 19, 2013

Wombat Helps Enterprises so Employees aren't Caught in a 'Smishing' Expedition

I like to believe that it is very good for our health if we learn something new every day. Well, today I learned a new word thanks to Wombat Security Technologies, and...

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2012Quarter Four

December 27, 2012

Top 7 end-user security priorities for 2013

The consumerization of IT will continue to wreak havoc on IT departments in 2013 as the rise of bring-your-own-device (BYOD), cloud computing and social media...

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December 26, 2012

Smartphone snoops? How your phone data is being shared

(CBS News) Smartphones landed in many stockings this Christmas season, and with more than a billion smartphone users worldwide, revenue from applications could soon...

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November 26, 2012

The Final Frontier in the Cybercrime Fight

Security technologies go only so far; employees and cultures need to be trained While the variety and sophistication of cybersecurity technologies has expanded...

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2012Quarter Three

September 28, 2012

Wombat Security Technologies doubles space

Following the success of its cybersecurity training product, Wombat Security Technologies has seen growth take off. Over the past year, the company has nearly doubled...

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September 18, 2012

Why Most Cyber Security Training Doesn't Work

There’s been a lot of debate lately about whether or not cyber security training is worth the investment. To engage in this debate, it is important that all parties have...

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September 4, 2012

Wombat Security Technologies Security Training Platform

Wombat Security Technologies is in the business of threat filtering and user training. For this month, we looked at their training. The cornerstone of Wombat training is...

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2012Quarter Two

June 29, 2012

U.S. Critical Infrastructure Cyberattack Reports Jump Dramatically

A new report from ICS-CERTshows the number of reported incidents increased from 9 to 198 from 2009 and 2011 U.S. critical infrastructure companies saw a dramatic...

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June 28, 2012

Wombat Security Technologies Unveils PhishGuru 3.0 and Wins PC Magazine's "Editor's Choice" Award for Anti-Phishing Products

Wombat Security Technologies just released new PhishGuru 3.0 anti-phishing training software. Wombat Security Technologies recently announced the newest release of...

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May 25, 2012

PhishGuru wins PCMag Editor’s Choice award

Read the PhishGuru review at PC Magazine.

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2012Quarter One

March 19, 2012

Eight Hidden Smartphone Threats to Watch For

Credit: Apple Inc./Image composite by SecurityNewsDaily Introduction There's no doubt that we users are our own worst enemies when it comes to security on...

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March 14, 2012

IRS warns taxpayers about latest phishing scams

IRS Warns Taxpayers About Latest Phishing Scams As tax season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is warning taxpayers about phishing scams designed to trick...

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March 13, 2012

Wombat Offers Tips to Keep Online Users Off the Hook During Tax Season

Wombat Security Technologies Offers Tips to Keep Online Users Off the Hook During Tax Season When people check their personal email from work devices, especially emails...

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2011Quarter Four

December 16, 2011

A different approach to training end-users, justifying the ROI and defending against cyber security attacks

Founded in 2008, Wombat Security Technologies grew out of cyber security research by the company Co-Founders at Carnegie Mellon University. Wombat provides innovative...

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December 10, 2011

Top 10 List of the Top 10 Internet Security Prediction Lists

If the experts are right expect more advanced persistent threats, ransomware, social media ID theft, and requirements for IT security certification.Here it is, so you...

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December 8, 2011

The Holidays are a Time for Festivities and Phishing

Anti-phishing firm Wombat Security Technologies offers these six tips to help consumers and business avoid phishing email scams designed to steal sensitive information:

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2011Quarter Three

September 6, 2011

How to add email security awareness training to your service portfolio

Solution providers who provide security software, such as email filters, Web filters or antivirus products, are primed to offer an additional, revenue-generating...

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September 6, 2011

Co-founder Norman Sadeh Consulted in Article Regarding Attacks by Hacktivist Group "Anonymous"

It's been another wild and crazy week for the security community. Scotland Yard arrested two suspected members of Anonymous and LulzSec Thursday. Meanwhile, the major...

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September 1, 2011

Wombat Security Technologies Awarded SBIR Phase II Grant

Our goal is to develop a web-based platform that can (1) host a collection of micro games for security training, (2) simplify the task of developing games by providing...

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2011Quarter Two

May 25, 2011

Chief Scientist and Co-Founder to Speak at the Pittsburgh CIOExecutive Summit

The Governing Body of CIOs who create the agenda understand that there is ‘strength in numbers’, and the challenges and opportunities faced by one organization are...

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May 12, 2011

“Don’t open that email!" How to reduce the threat of phishing

Do you think of phishing as a consumer problem and not a concern for enterprise networks? If you said yes, you'd better think again. According to the Verizon 2010 Data...

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2011Quarter One

February 12, 2011

Wombat Co-Founder and CTO to speak at ISSA’s CISO Executive Forum

Dr. Jason Hong - CTO, Wombat Security Technologies and Assoc. Prof. Carnegie Mellon University "Teaching to Behavioral Change" Read More: http://www.issa.org/ciso/?p=250

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