8 Ways to Avoid the Cybersecurity Grinch This Holiday Season

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‘Tis the season to be jolly…unless you work in cybersecurity.

According to the Carbon Black Threat Analysis Unit (TAU), organizations should expect to see a spike in potential cyberattacks starting with Black Friday/Cyber Monday and continuing through the holiday shopping season.

TAU’s analysis across Carbon Black’s global endpoint footprint – totaling more than 16 million endpoints – reveals that global organizations encountered a 57.5% increase in attempted cyberattacks during the 2017 holiday shopping season. During a similar time period in 2016, attempted cyberattacks increased above normal levels by 20.5%.

Consumers should be aware of the apps they are downloading and sites they are visiting during the holiday season.

Often times, people overlook their hospitality accounts, i.e. airlines, hotel and other travel related accounts.  However, these are a sweet spot for attackers and are prime targets.  If your account was compromised, you could not only lose access to the account but everything in it as well.  Imagine having thousands or even millions of miles in a frequent flyer account suddenly gone. Holiday travel is similar to holiday shopping in that it is hectic and stressful and your guard is often down.

Consumers should be also be aware of  phishing attempts during the holiday season with so much online shopping going on. Attackers realize that people will be getting receipts as well as delivery and tracking emails that can easily be spoofed thus tricking unsuspecting people into clicking on malicious links.

So during the Holiday Season when you are busy take time to do the following:

  1. Ensure you are visiting legitimate websites
  2. Ensure that you are using legitimate and authentic mobile apps
  3. Make sure that your connections are using HTTPS rather than simple HTTP
  4. Be wary of email messages you were not expecting
  5. Double check emails or notifications that reference shipping information that contain links. You are better off copying down the shipping number and manually going to the referenced shipping site and putting in the referenced number
  6. Stay off of free wireless offered in malls and airports unless you absolutely have to be on them
  7. Try to avoid hotel business centers to check-in on flights or other accounts where you have to login
  8. Over all just slow down, take your time and check things out.



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Carbon Black is the leading provider of next-generation endpoint security. Carbon Black’s Next-Generation Antivirus (NGAV) solution, Cb Defense, leverages breakthrough prevention technology, “Streaming Prevention,” to instantly see and stop cyberattacks before they execute. Cb Defense uniquely combines breakthrough prevention with market-leading detection and response into a single, lightweight agent delivered through the cloud. With more than 7 million endpoints under management, Carbon Black has more than 2,500 customers, including 30 of the Fortune 100. These customers use Carbon Black to replace legacy antivirus, lock down critical systems, hunt threats, and protect their endpoints from the most advanced cyberattacks, including non-malware attacks.

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