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Learning to slow down in the Internet of Things era

Mark Lanterman (mlanterman@compforensics.com) is the Chief Technology Officer of Computer Forensic Services and a professor at the Saint Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

Time and again, organizations and individuals alike approach me having been made victim to one of the most commonly deployed, and often incredibly destructive, cyberattacks—the dreaded phishing email. With just a click, a link in an email can produce all kinds of damage. Financial, reputational, legal, operational—the threat of a phishing risk comes with myriad consequences. As a type of social engineering attack in which cybercriminals capitalize on the human element of security, efforts at prevention take on a much more complicated dimension. However, a simple piece of advice may just be the difference between staying secure and falling prey—slow down. In fact, these words may help strengthen every element of an organization’s security posture as the Internet of Things (IoT) and unprecedented use of technology infiltrate the status quo.

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