Internet bad guys don’t wear black

by Martin Quinn(Principal Consultant) 26 February 2013

Consider the internet like the wild west, but not like a cheesy midday matinee where the bad guys always wear black and never finish on top.

The internet is more like a Clint Eastwood spaghetti western, the bad guys can look like good guys and the good guys may not be that trust worthy either. So how do you know who to trust? The short answer (without sounding like Fox Mulder from the X-Files) is – trust no one or more so be sceptical.

Jokes aside – The way to establish trust is through a combination of your technical mechanisms and just plain common sense. If you receive an email from a good friend of yours asking you to send money to them in some West African country you should think twice about sending them any money. In this situation your technical email controls have recognised that the sender is someone you have communicated with previously (abeit the email has been sent by an imposter), this is when your security awareness kicks in and you ask yourself, A) is this person likely to be in West Africa, B) In trouble, and C) Use email to ask for help rather than a telephone.

Intact Security can help by ensuring your technical controls are configured correctly and also by providing security awareness training to your staff using these real world scenarios.

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Author: Intact Security

Posted on by Martin Quinn in Security Blog