Social Engineering Forefront Of Security

Social engineering is a big part of the cyber security landscape this is considered a large part of risk to businesses.

Social Engineering

Social engineering is the manipulation of a individual through communication and interaction this can take various forms. Some of the forms used are: interaction outside of work, social media manipulation, impersonation phishing is generally the broad term to cover this.

Social media

Social media social engineering is quite easy to manipulate as you can create images or posts asking for silly things such as pet names or maiden names. This is often seen as a silly thing to post but generally this information is generally used for personal account information such as recovery questions or hints.

Personal interaction

Personal interaction is often overlooked as a form of information security risk this is due to it not being a clear danger. There are cases of individuals meeting and acquiring things such as key passes or other physical or network based access. Having a conversation with someone around work is common however some individuals do use this with malicious intent.

Phishing

Pretending to be certain people and sending emails on their behalf this can be targeted at high level employees and is known as spear phishing. These attacks prey on individuals who rush to react or respond to a email this can enable all forms of access from pretending to be a Microsoft account to acquisition of personal details through CEO impersonation.

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Alex Cunningham
Alex Cunningham
Alex is an information governance graduate, his main role is to support clients on how to help mitigate information security risks. Having recently graduated with a degree in Cyber Security with a focus on user-based security issues and risks. Alex enjoys playing video games, watching movies and going outside to visit new places with his dog Ruby.
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