Digital Defense Offers Complimentary 'Social Engineering Prevention' Guide in Conjunction with National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Oct 02, 2013, 10:00 ET from Digital Defense, Inc.

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Defense, Inc. (DDI), a leading provider of managed security risk assessment solutions, released a complimentary 'Social Engineering Prevention' guide to facilitate best practices surrounding information security.  The release coincides with National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October.

Organizations around the globe are being attacked and exploited by cyber criminals.   American businesses are particularly at risk of an attack. Staff is driven to be courteous, supportive, helpful, nice (team players) and trusting.  These characteristics are seen as superior customer service practices. Unfortunately, criminals are exploiting this customer-centric culture through social engineering attacks.

Social engineering (commonly referred to as hacking) is a way malicious hackers are successfully infiltrating organizations. Through email, phone, texting, online platforms and physical intrusions, these attacks encompass manipulative techniques designed to prey on the weaknesses of people and basic human nature.  DDI "White-Hat" social engineers have an 85%+ success rate infiltrating organizations either via remote or onsite methodologies.

In support of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, DDI is pleased to offer the complimentary new guide, as well as the previously released 'Social Butterfly' guide that features best practices surrounding social media security, to help organizations bolster security awareness.

"The 'Social Engineering Prevention' guide reviews common methods social engineers utilize to take advantage of employees and gain access to confidential information," said DDI President & CEO, Larry Hurtado. "We feel an obligation to help all organizations create a culture of security, including a highly prepared workforce, which is essential to defending against potential security breaches. It's written for the average employee, providing practical advice that arms organizations with the necessary knowledge to thwart malicious attacks."

The guide examines real-world employee and employer scenarios, reviewing the use of nefarious social engineering schemes and techniques such as piggybacking, phishing, spoofing, social media stalking, etc.

About Digital Defense
Founded in 1999, Digital Defense, Inc. (DDI) is a premier provider of managed security risk assessment solutions protecting billions in assets for small businesses to Fortune companies in over 65 countries. DDI's dedicated team of experts helps organizations establish a culture of security through regular information security assessments, awareness education and decisive security intelligence. This proven method bolsters the capability of organizations to reduce risk and keep information, intellectual property and reputations secure. The combination of DDI's certified security analysts, patent-pending scanning technology and proprietary cloud-based vulnerability management system, the Frontline™ Solutions Platform, delivers one of the most powerful assessment results and remediation management solutions available. Contact DDI at 888-273-1412 or

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