#BeAware: Tailgating and Piggybacking

usd AG News, Security Consulting

Tailgating, also known as Piggybacking, is no trendy new sport, although the name might suggest otherwise. The term refers to a security risk many companies are facing. Tailgating describes the attempt of an attacker to gain access to restricted areas in a company building by inconspicuously tagging along after authorized persons or groups. The attacker counts on people’s courtesy and …

#BeAware: Phishing Mails

usd AG News, Security Consulting

Phishing emails are still the main gateway for viruses, Trojans and other malware. They are also often used to gain access to the personal data of their recipients. A phishing email sent for the purpose of spreading malware can reach a computer in two ways: Either via compromised attachments or links designed to trick the recipient into visiting a compromised …

#BeAware: Handling of Passwords

usd AG News, Security Consulting

A prominent case from the news: About 4 weeks ago the public learned that Facebook has been storing passwords in plain text since 2012. In a blog post Facebook confirmed that millions of users were affected. Although the passwords stored in credentials databases were encrypted according to security standards, they were accessible in plain text on internal servers by about …

Security Education, Training & Awareness

usd AG News, Security Consulting

What does a 250-year-old educator have to do with modern security awareness programs? Eva Willnecker, Senior Consultant at usd AG, told us. Eva, what role do you think security awareness plays in information security? Eva Willnecker: Many businesses have already achieved a lot when it comes to implementing technical security measures. However, there are certain risks that are difficult to …

Dr Christian Schwartz on information security and what we can learn from incidents like WannaCry.

usd AG News, Security Consulting

Christian, as a consultant in information security, it’s important that you pay close attention to current security incidents. Why’s that? That’s right. Apart from our consulting services for companies, we closely observe incidents in the IT security environment. We especially follow up on and analyse successful attacks, such as the latest example of WannaCry. Genau wie von unseren Kollegen im …

usd Launches New Security Awareness Platform

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Security awareness is an essential part to any comprehensive approach to information security – there can’t be security without awareness. By launching the new usd Security Awareness Platform, we have taken a further step towards optimising our range of security services for our customers. We have developed services to help companies and businesses raise their personnel’s sensitivity to security issues …

More Security Awareness through Our Spear Phishing Campaign

usd AG News, Security Consulting

Spear Phishing refers to targeted fraud attempts via email that are among today’s top cyber hazards for businesses and companies. One click by a single employee can often suffice to subject your whole business to an attack. Without sensitised and educated personnel, an effective defence against this form of cyber-attack is impossible. “The degree of professionalism with which Spear Phishing …