Cybersecurity for HR Pros

Christina A. Danforth interviews our most recent instructor Michael Wilson about current cybersecurity threats. To learn more sign up for Cybersecurity for HR Professionals:

Posted by HR Jetpack on Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Christina Danforth of HR Jetpack invited me to join her this morning for a Facebook Live Chat about the WannaCry Ransomware. During our 15 minute conversation, I offered a bit of the history to explain where this malware came from. We also talked about what business leaders need to do to keep themselves safe and secure in these crazy times we live.

I apologize for the poor quality of the video. It seems that the audio and video weren’t got out of sync on their way through Facebook Live. Having said that, I do hope you will listen because I’m really happy with the amount of information we were able to share during the chat.

If you find this useful or informative then please check out my course on HR Jetpack: Cybersecurity 101 for HR Pros. It was developed with HR in mind, but the material is applicable to anyone who would like to be safer and more secure in their use of modern technology.

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The scary part of this is that it abused existing Google systems to gain access to the accounts of anyone who clicked their way through the “Allow” screens thinking they were about to get to a document sent by a friend or colleague. It even bypassed login verification and 2-Factor Authentication mechanisms that may have been in place to protect the account. It is a reminder that many attacks aren’t really “hacks” so much as social engineering where the attacker tricks the victim into giving them exactly what they want.
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