Executive & VIP Exposure

Protect Your Executives & VIP

High profile executives, celebrities and other VIPs are often the target of cyber threat actors intent on crimes of impersonation, stealing sensitive information, or damaging personal or organizational reputations among other cyber threats.  Threat actors can include state-sponsored cyber criminals, hackavists, protesters and even rogue employees. Social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are ground zero for cyber-attacks but VIPs operating on any digital channel have digital risk exposure. 

Digital channels are vulnerable to a broad set of cyber threat targeted directly to executives and VIPs: 

  • Account impersonations – Cyber attackers impersonate executives on trusted messaging channels to lure corporate employees into revealing sensitive information such as financials. In another exploit, the impersonator may post a fraudulent announcement on a look-alike social media account to manipulate the market for financial gain or to damage the reputation of VIP or organization.
  • Phishing Attacks  Cyber attackers send messaging to trick people into sharing personal information, especially passwords. Spear phishing is a more tailored approach where the attacker uses specific background information about a person of interest to build trust and lure the victim into revealing personal information which can then be exploited.
  • Account Takeovers – Cyber attackers succeed in gaining access to VIP accounts, now with the ability to lockout VIPs from their accounts, collect sensitive information for future use, post malicious content, disseminate malware or ransomware, with resulting damage to VIP / organization’s reputations.
  • BOT Attacks – Cyber attackers will employ botnets to impersonate accounts on a large scale to sway sentiment or for other fraudulent or malicious purposes. Because of their influence, VIPs are often targets of BOT attacks.
  • Doxing Campaigns – Internet harassment tactic where cyber attackers broadcast to social media private or other personal information gained on the deep / dark web about targeted VIPs for the purpose of causing embarrassment, harassment or physical harm to the targets of such attacks.


Advanced Digital Risk Protection for Executives and VIPs

Similar to the cyber defense techniques it employs for brand defense, SafeGuard Cyber extends these algorithms to ward off VIP attacks and account compromise. Utilizing advanced analytics and machine learning, the surveillance algorithm looks for anomalous behavior in terms of account impersonations, BOT swarms (e.g. suspicious rise in follower requests), malicious content postings, phishing & spear phishing attacks – even anomalous employee activity; SafeGuard Cyber responds automatically in real-time to take down suspicious accounts, block communications, quarantine malicious or sensitive content, raise send security alerts, and capture all the details with a full audit trail for forensic investigation.

Advanced cyber defense capabilities surveil the dark web, including paste bins, commerce sites & discussion forums, to identify digital assets that place VIPs and their organizations at risk for cyber-attacks – assets such as account credentials, PII, or confidential documents. Once identified, alerts can be forwarded to appropriate security organizations and action can be taken to remediate threats and ultimately take down or neutralize compromised enterprise assets. 

Pervasive Channel Coverage

SafeGuard Cyber supports comprehensive coverage for over 50 of the most popular digital channels, organized across 4 distinct digital networking categories including social media, mobile communications, collaboration networks, unified communications and enterprise clouds.

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