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QinetiQ North America’s Social Engineering Protection Appliance Now Available to the U.S. Federal Government
Industry’s First Email Intelligence Appliance Offers Rapid Detection and Protection for Government Leaders and Organizations
June 06, 2011 08:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time
FAIRFAX, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–QinetiQ North America today announced government availability of the industry’s first security solution designed to detect highly targeted social engineering attacks. QinetiQ North America’s Social Engineering Protection ApplianceTM (SEPA) helps protect government employees from falling victim to these attacks through the use of Email Intent Analysis™, real-time URL and link analysis as well as high value target protection.
“With the popularity of social media and today’s open government initiatives, there is more access to information about government leaders and agencies than ever before, making it easier for criminals and malicious organizations to develop targeted attacks”
Based on the technology developed by QinetiQ North America subsidiary Cyveillance (http://www.cyveillance.com/web/news/press_rel/2011/2011-06-06.asp), the QinetiQ North America SEPA solution is specifically applicable to the wide ranging need of government agencies to identify attacks targeting government executives and organizations. By combining Cyveillance’s cyber intelligence capabilities with QinetiQ North America’s expertise in the federal market, government organizations are able to utilize a tailored solution that helps protect against infiltration attempts, espionage campaigns and foreign threats. Unlike any other solution on the market, SEPA is able to effectively examine the content and context of an email, along with the methods and behavior of embedded Web page links, to judge the trustworthiness of the email.
“With the popularity of social media and today’s open government initiatives, there is more access to information about government leaders and agencies than ever before, making it easier for criminals and malicious organizations to develop targeted attacks,” said David Papas, Vice President, Cyber Security Business of QinetiQ North America. “SEPA provides government organizations with the critical intelligence and analysis necessary to identify socially engineered attacks, protect individuals’ data and ensure the safety of critical information.”
Online criminals use highly targeted social engineering scams that leverage social media to acquire openly available personal information on their targets. When the desired target falls prey to the attack, the malicious actors then gain undetected access to the government network. Once inside, the criminals extract sensitive information, which poses potential danger to the government agency, putting the agency, its employees and constituents at risk for cyber attacks. SEPA’s unique ability to rapidly detect and protect against these targeted social engineering attacks ensures the safety of critical government information and prevents criminal threats and organizations from accessing and damaging the federal information technology infrastructure.
Source: Globe and Mail
Suspect in Toronto van attack publicly embraced misogynist ideology
by LES PERREAUX , JOSH O’KANE , PATRICK WHITE AND BECCA CLARKSON
APRIL 24, 2018
The passage of a full day added new layers to the profile of the man accused of perpetrating the worst mass murder in decades in Canada – a young man with developmental disorders who failed as a military recruit and publicly embraced a toxic misogynist ideology.
Alek Minassian, 25, appeared in a north Toronto court Tuesday morning wearing a white police-issued jumpsuit to face 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder. He was arrested Monday afternoon minutes after a white van drove more than two kilometres down Yonge Street in the northern part of Toronto, hitting pedestrians along the way.
Part of Mr. Minassian’s mental state was visible during his arrest. Video captured at the scene showed him pretending to reach for and point a gun at a police officer while challenging the officer to shoot him in the head. But evidence the expert in computers was troubled had previously emerged among friends, colleagues, teachers and other acquaintances and in public. The common theme is rejection.
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