7 Ways to Prevent CEO Fraud - By Cybersecurity Expert Joseph Steinberg

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Joseph Steinberg

Published on April 28, 2016


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The FBI recently warned the public about an increase in “CEO fraud,” a type of crime in which criminals impersonate the CEO or some other senior executive within a firm and trick employees into taking some action that lets the crooks steal money and/or data.

​This may entail instructing someone to wire money to “a new supplier,” for example, or to send “the CEO” copies of confidential personnel files.

Here are some ways to help prevent “CEO fraud” from harming you and your business:

1. Train employees not to respond to email requests for sensitive data without confirming by phone or in person with the person requesting that the data to be sent.
 
2. Train your employees not to respond to spear phishing emails, text messages, and chat requests. Use technology to help with this task.
 
3. Train employees not to overshare on social media – and provide them with technology that warns them if they are doing so. 
 
4. Train employees to think about the risk level of requests. 
 
5. Utilize encryption - if a sensitive document is sent to “the CEO” encrypted, an unauthorized party receiving it will have difficulty opening it.
 
6. Use secure email for the same reason.
 
7. Utilize Data Loss Prevention systems - these types of systems can block certain types of files and attachments from going out to external email addresses and parties.
 
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About the Author

The author is the CEO of SecureMySocial, a renowned cyber security thought leader, and author of several books on the topic, including (ISC)2’s official study guide for the CISSP-ISSMP exam. Recognized by Onalytica as one of the top cyber-security influencers in the world, he is also the inventor of several IT Security technologies widely-used today; his work is cited in over 100 published US patent filings. He is also one of only 28 people worldwide to hold the suite of advanced information-security certifications, CISSP, ISSAP, ISSMP, and CSSLP, indicating that he possesses a rare, robust knowledge of information security that is both broad and deep.


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