What is social engineering?
Social Engineering is the art of manipulating, influencing, or deceiving you in order to gain control over your computer system.
The malicious actor, often referred to as a hacker, might use various methods to gain illegal access. Phishing, spear-phishing and CEO Fraud are all examples.
Who are these Social Engineers?
It could be a hacker in any country who is out to do damage or disrupt. It could be a member of an Eastern Europe cybercrime mafia that is trying to penetrate your network and steal cash from your online bank account. Or, it could be a Chinese hacker that is trying to get in your organisation’s network for corporate espionage.
It could even be a 15 year old kid sat in their bedroom trying to penetrate your defences just for the fun of it!
How dangerous is it?
As threats continually evolve in sophistication and volume, one thing remains constant – the human factor. It is now more important than ever to train your staff on the risks of phishing attacks.
Organisations need to educate their staff to be alert, vigilant and secure. One click from an unsuspecting or curious user could infect your whole organisation and severely damage your reputation.