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Jennifer DeTrani on Cybersecurity, Workplace Diversity & Lawyering Like a Human Being

By External Author on Aug 10, 2020 7:09:34 AM

In our TendingBar interview, Jen describes how the COVID-19 era has taught us to pay more attention to the well-being of our co-workers, and to offer compassion through our jobs. As an outspoken advocate for corporate diversity, Jen explains that diverse teams are good for business.  More importantly, Jen argues that every business should aspire to fit the values of its people, and that good business management should be an expression of respect and regard for one’s colleagues. 

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This is what a deepfake voice clone used in a failed fraud attempt sounds like

By External Author on Jul 28, 2020 11:41:14 AM

Security consulting firm NISOS has released a report analyzing one such attempted fraud, and shared the audio with Motherboard. 

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Listen to This Deepfake Audio Impersonating a CEO in Brazen Fraud Attempt

By External Author on Jul 24, 2020 3:56:35 AM

A security firm analyzed a suspicious voicemail left to a tech company employee, part of an attempt to get the employee to send money to criminals.

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EBay’s Critics Faced an Extreme Case of an Old Silicon Valley Habit

By Nisos on Jul 1, 2020 10:23:33 AM

Justin Zeefe, a former intelligence officer who is now the president of Nisos, a security firm in Virginia, said his company has worked for tech companies on a wide range of cases. On one occasion, they learned that a company’s overseas suppliers had ties to foreign intelligence agencies.

Another client asked his firm to determine whether an acquisition target had been infiltrated by foreign hackers. Yet another hired Nisos to determine the source of multiple cyberattacks. It turned out to be the work of a competitor that had intercepted the company’s Wi-Fi from an apartment rented across the street.

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Analyzing Analytics (Featuring: The FBI)

By Michael Eller on Jun 8, 2020 11:27:16 AM

Recently while conducting some research, I found myself down the path of Google Analytics ID’s as well as other analytics services. I was investigating ways to not only identify varying analytics code in sites, but to correlate them with other sites that may be linked to the same owner. Please note before further reading: I make some guesses about what I find, though that’s contrary to the concept of analysis, and I am not presuming to know definitively why I am seeing what I am seeing in this specific case study. It’s all just very curious to me. Dive in and take a look for yourself!

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The Curious Case of Vincent Briatore

By Michael Eller on Jun 8, 2020 11:23:51 AM

Many of you know that I use Brave as my daily browser. One of the features I love is that I can elect to see pop up ads (infrequently) in exchange for BAT– a utility token with some value similar to cryptocurrency yet distinct. Recently I was served up an ad for a site called VidLeap with some pretty outrageous claims. It’s a teaching course led by a man named Vincent Briatore that claims he can walk you through setting up a Youtube channel and brand that may earn you up to 1 million followers, 100 million views, and $100k a month in revenue in only 4 weeks.

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How a Russian disinfo op got Trump impeached

By Natasha Bertrand on May 18, 2020 9:49:00 PM

Three weeks after Election Day 2016, the Kremlin officially floated a theory that would ultimately lead to only the third presidential impeachment in U.S. history.

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Americans Steal Kremlin’s Playbook, for Clicks and Profit

By Cindy Otis on May 18, 2020 11:55:00 AM

An investigation found that a former Fox News executive hired Macedonians to write culturally and politically divisive content for his websites.

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Short And Distort: How Companies Are ‘Bearing’ Down On Market-Shifting Disinformation

By Jennifer DeTrani, General Counsel of Nisos on Feb 6, 2020 9:40:00 PM

It's pump and dump in a bull market, short and distort in a bear one.

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Why Clark Howard Wants You to Set Up a ‘Financial Chromebook’

By Nisos on Jan 28, 2020 5:00:00 PM

Security expert Willis McDonald of Nisos talked with Clark.com and told us there’s no way to stay completely safe from criminals looking to compromise your financial accounts. But Chromebooks come pretty darn close.

“A Chromebook is not inherently more secure than other devices, but you are less likely to get infected using the Chromebook than you would, say, a Windows machine,” McDonald says. “Criminals don’t target Chromebooks as much because they’re not running on a popular operating system.”

Meanwhile, USA Today notes the Chromebook’s operating system also mitigates virus risk by disallowing the installation of traditional program or applications. And during each reboot, the Chromebook ensures software integrity and repairs any intrusions if necessary.

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When Trademarks Attack: How To Detect And Disarm Doppelgänger Domains

By Jennifer DeTrani, General Counsel of Nisos on Jan 23, 2020 9:42:00 PM

Typosquatting remains a vulnerability for phishing attacks against companies.

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Americans could be a bigger fake news threat than Russians in the 2020 presidential campaign

By External Author on Nov 20, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Russians and others won't stay out of 2020. But they'll be able to amplify US-created disinformation and have more time to disrupt 2020 in other ways.

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Getting Ahead Of Insider Threats

By External Author on Nov 19, 2019 8:00:00 AM

We live in an age of heightened interpersonal conflict, stress and anxiety in the workplace. One of the fallouts of all of this is data theft. According to Verizon's 2019 Insider Threat Report, insider threat actors are prevalent in many industries, and the causes range from personal gain (such as selling sensitive data on the black market) to a disgruntled employee who lashes out in retaliation for a perceived slight. An employee may also unknowingly become a pawn in an external actor’s game of gaining access or, more likely, they may be simply careless in their use of technology.

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Olive Garden funding Trump? How a false rumor ignited a Twitter boycott

By External Author on Nov 18, 2019 3:30:00 PM

The hashtag #BoycottOliveGarden went viral this week on Twitter, amid claims that the Italian restaurant chain was helping to fund President Trump’s reelection campaign. The problem, according to the restaurant and independent researchers, is that it’s just not true.

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The Disinformation Dilemma (Part II)

By External Author on Oct 3, 2019 12:00:00 PM

The number of countries in the cross-hairs of political disinformation campaigns more than doubled to 70 in the last two years, according to a recent report from researchers at Oxford University. Given the efficacy of such attacks, it’s not surprising that disinformation campaigns are also becoming a business problem. Companies as varied as Olive Garden, Koch’s Turkeys, and Columbine Chemicals have been recent victims of massive social media hoaxes spreading false information connected to their product or brand.

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The Disinformation Dilemma (Part I)

By Jennifer DeTrani, General Counsel of Nisos on Sep 19, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Disinformation attacks create the perfect storm on a global level by traversing hemispheres and social classes in a matter of moments.

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Disinformation Attacks Aren't Just Against Elections

By External Author on Aug 29, 2019 3:30:00 PM

While disinformation is getting a lot of attention in security circles, the discussion primarily tends to be in the context of election security. However, hacking social media accounts, or creating fake accounts, to post false messages about a company is absolutely a disinformation campaign.

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Tyler Robinson from Nisos interview during Black Hat 2019

By External Author on Aug 14, 2019 2:00:00 PM

While the industry as a whole must adopt a more focused and holistic approach to working together as offense and defense. Without a true devotion from red team offensive groups to truly help and work together with the blue team defensive groups we will never see a shift and maturity in security as a whole.

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Spotting a Scam Account on Twitter

By External Author on Aug 14, 2019 2:00:00 PM

Meet Harrison. Harrison is “good, loving, caring, and kind hearted.” Harrison is also a fake account, though it might not look like it on first glance.

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How To Control Your Digital Footprint Without Losing Your Mind

By External Author on Jul 25, 2019 12:30:00 PM

Note that this is not a one-time exercise, but a digital hygiene process which should be rinsed and repeated at regular intervals.

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On The Fintech Carousel: Entering The Mobile Payments Space Requires Vision And Equilibrium

By External Author on Jul 11, 2019 1:00:00 PM

What lies ahead in fintech is a groundswell of rapidly and constantly developing regulatory requirements and unbridled opportunity.

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Strengthening The ‘Soft Underbelly’ Of Cybersecurity (Part II)

By External Author on Jun 27, 2019 2:00:00 PM

Attack simulations, physical security, social engineering, and open source intelligence assessments can help law firms learn and self-correct before a real hacker gets through first.

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Strengthening The ‘Soft Underbelly’ Of Cybersecurity (Part I)

By External Author on Jun 13, 2019 12:30:00 PM

Attack simulations, physical security, social engineering, and open source intelligence assessments can help law firms learn and self-correct before a real hacker gets through first.

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Improving Organizational Collaboration In Response To Cyber Attacks

By External Author on Mar 7, 2019 3:00:00 PM

A comprehensive security management program gives equal weight to external and internal threats. While outsiders may know more about the latest attack methods, insiders have intimate knowledge about the company which can lead to loss of sensitive data and wreak havoc on profits and market share. By moving from a reactive, ad hoc strategy for handling insider threats to a proactive, preventative, and coordinated approach, companies can minimize the financial and reputational impact of insider attacks — and someday maybe even prevent them altogether.

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Cyber Due Diligence Is Table Stakes for Effective M&A

By External Author on Mar 4, 2019 8:00:00 AM

The financial and organizational realities of two organizations merging or a smaller company being acquired by a larger one are profound. It’s critical to understand how to value, assess, protect and properly transition assets. Conducting thorough and reasoned cyber due diligence is an often overlooked but critical step in the cadence of M&A groundwork to a successful transaction.

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Wickr's Top Lawyer Heads to Cybersecurity Startup as General Counsel

By External Author on Mar 1, 2019 12:00:00 PM

“Having spent five years at Wickr I was ready for a set of new challenges. It’s been really rewarding and fun to address a lot of the possible issues of the day in my role at Wickr,” DeTrani told Corporate Counsel. “But focusing on threats that exist within enterprises and how to help solve those threats is where I saw myself spending more time in the future. That’s why it made sense to transition to Nisos.”

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MAVA Member Nisos Raises $6M from MAVA Member Columbia Capital

By External Author on Jan 31, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Cyber services and investigations firm Nisos has raised $6 million in funding from Columbia Capital. Jason Booma, a Partner at Columbia, is joining Nisos’ board of directors, along with David Northington, who was most recently managing director at Accenture.

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Private sector warms to U.S. Cyber Command carrying out 'hack backs'

By External Author on Jun 19, 2018 3:30:00 PM

Cyberscoop – The U.S. government should decide how to retaliate against the worst attacks on the country’s private sector.

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Secret message apps on the rise at work

By External Author on Dec 11, 2017 2:30:00 PM

CNNMoney – More companies are starting to approve the use of ephemeral messaging apps for internal communications.

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