Phishing is usually viewed solely as an information security problem, but it is actually more than that – it’s also a brand protection problem.  Why?  Phishing targets an organization’s customers, using an organization’s trusted brand to steal customers’ credentials.  The result is financial loss, bad customer experiences and a damaged brand name. Forward-thinking organizations complement their traditional information security approaches with online brand protection strategies.  They recognize that their assets also reside outside the enterprise perimeter and require protection.  They understand that the security of their online brands has a direct impact on customer relationships and revenues. What can an organization do... Read More
The MarkMonitor Fraud Intelligence Report for the second quarter of 2011 is now available.  The findings are: Phishing Attacks Declined Slightly from Previous Quarter Phish attack volume declined 3% from the previous quarter to 97,241 attacks.  Organizations Targeted also Declined Slightly The number of targeted organizations also decreased 3% from the first quarter to 498.  Attacks per Organization Unchanged Attacks per organization volume was unchanged from Q1 2011 at 195.  Retail Sector Grew to Become Popular Phishing Sector Retail/Service sector phish increased 413% to 10,159 attacks, accounting for over 10% of total phish in the second quarter. The Financial sector continued... Read More
The MarkMonitor Fraud Intelligence Report for the first quarter of 2011 is now available.  The findings are: Phishing Attacks Reversed Decline Phish attack volume increased 17% from the previous quarter to 99,800 attacks. Organizations Targeted Continued Growth Trend The number of targeted organizations increased 11% from the fourth quarter of 2010, to 511. Attacks per Organization Increased Slightly Attacks per organization increased 6% from Q4 2010 to 195. Financial Sector Continued as Most Popular Phishing Sector The Financial sector accounted for 47% of phish attacks in the first quarter of 2011, while the Payment Services sector accounted for 27%. Gaming, Auction and Social... Read More
Last Friday, Epsilon, an email marketing firm that serves approximately 2,500 clients and sends about 40 billion marketing messages for clients annually, reported that someone hacked into its computer system and stole an unknown number of e-mail addresses and names. The scale of the problem became clearer over the weekend and by Monday, some of the nation’s largest banks and corporate brand names began alerting their customers to be on the lookout for fraudulent emails. Fraudsters now have access to names and active email accounts, coupled with information about which particular brands individuals have relationships with. Having access to this kind... Read More
The MarkMonitor fourth quarter 2010 Fraud Intelligence Report is now available.  The headline findings are: Phishing Attacks Continue to Decline, Decreasing a Fifth Phish attack volume declined 19% from the previous quarter to 85,494 attacks. The Number of Organizations Targeted Shows Little Change The number of targeted organizations declined 1% from the third quarter to 462. Attacks per Organization Continue to Decline Attacks per organization declined 18% from Q3 2010 to 185. Financial Sector Extends Lead as Most Popular Phishing Sector The Financial sector accounted for 55% of phish attacks in the fourth quarter of 2010, while the Payment Services sector... Read More

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With more than 13 years’ experience in the domain industry, Alison has managed all aspects of Corporate Domain Managem... More