Social Engineering –The Human Side

Contributed by Mark Heckle
Social Engineering is one of the most widely used methods by cybercriminals to penetrate many networks across the globe. This type of attack is an easy way for criminals to infiltrate the defenses of any organization. Social Engineering attacks seem to be increasing every year due to the lack of awareness and knowledge of end-users. This sensitive data is collected through mobile devices, SMS, emails, or direct contact with a user. While prevention is almost impossible, this paper will examine the definition of social engineering, examples of Social Engineering, methods used by the attacker, the motivators of the attacker, and understanding why humans are easy prey to such attacks. By learning and understanding more about social engineering, it will go a long way in reducing the success of these penetration efforts.
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