Social Engineering: The Overlooked Exploit

Contributed by Gregory Jenkins We are in a world where the rapid advancements of technology have become the focal point of almost every industry. Organizations are expanding faster than ever. Countries are rolling out attractive incentive programs for professionals who can protect its physical and digital assets. Past technical exploits of past generations, has resulted in a newfound awareness of the importance of information security. The phrase “information security” usually evokes an image of a tech savvy individual using various devices to probe for unauthorized information. However, the human approach, often called social engineering, is the art of using psychological manipulation to obtain unauthorized information. It is one area that is rarely thought of and is increasingly being seen as a vital tool in circumventing evolving security mechanisms.

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