Advanced Phishing Attacks

Alexander Bunn, Founder of ClickPhish based in United Kingdom participates in Risk Roundup to discuss “Advanced Phishing Attacks”.


Phishing attacks are a growing global problem. As the phishing attacks grow rapidly in both frequency and sophistication, it poses a critical threat to individuals and entities across nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA).
If we, that is individuals and entities across NGIOA are to protect our information in digital format and all other formats, it’s important that we get informed about “phishing”. To begin with, we need to understand how to quickly and efficiently recognize some of the most common phishing attacks, as getting informed about phishing has now become a survival necessity. However, this is by no means going to be easy as “phishing” attacks transform to take on new types, techniques and tools.
The changing nature of the phishing scams vary widely in terms of their complexity and the quality of the forgery. So, let us understand what is phishing?
Phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. What happens to this stolen digital information? Where does it end up?
It is important that we evaluate this further:
• How big is the phishing industry?
• Why is there rapid growth in phishing? What is triggering the rapid growth?
• How complex are the phishing scams today?
• How are phishing attacks carried out commonly?
• What kind of measures can be taken to control phishing?
• Do entities across NGIOA feel prepared to protect themselves against phishing scams?
• How can we identify different types of phishing attacks?
• What are some common forms of phishing?
• What does a phishing email message look like?
• How to recognize phishing software?
• What are phishing phone calls? How to recognize phishing phone calls?
• How to report phishing scams?
• What are some common phishing attacks that have been seen across nations?
• What is a gmail phishing attack? How serious it is?
• How can we protect ourselves from spear phishing campaigns?
• How can we protect against pharming attacks?
• How can we protect against dropbox phishing?
• How can we prevent phishing scams?
• What can be done to deal with the growing number of phishing incidents?
• What are the limitations of technical responses?
• What are some legal responses that we can take?
As the phishing email messages, websites, and phone calls keep growing, the advances in phishing attacks are becoming a cause of serious concern. It is time to take a closer look at the “phishing attacks”!

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About the Guest

Alexander Bunn, is the founder of ClickPhish. He is based in United Kingdom. He is an enterprising and technologically astute Information Security Professional with extensive experience in delivering information security consultancy services across diverse business sectors.
He is skilled in risk management and analysis, specifically trained in social engineering; web application penetration testing; infrastructure design/implementation; and vulnerability assessment, identification and mitigation.

About Clickphish

Clickphish is preparing businesses for the threat of advanced phishing attacks; and enabling consultancies to provide enhanced protection to their clients.

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Jayshree Pandya (née Bhatt) is a visionary leader, who is working passionately with imagination, insight and boldness to achieve “Global Peace through Risk Management”. It is her strong belief that collaboration between and across nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) will be mutually beneficial to all—for not only in the identification and understanding of critical risks facing one nation, but also for managing the interconnected and interdependent risks facing all nations. She calls on nations to build a shared sense of identity and purpose, for how the NGIOA framework is structured will determine the survival and success of nations in the digital global age. She sees the big picture, thinks strategically and works with the power of intentionality and alignment for a higher purpose—for her eyes are not just on the near at hand but on the future of humanity!
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