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9 Social Engineering Tactics to watch out for
By Calligo on 19 December 2019
Organizations are routinely deploying a wide variety of IT security technologies, including of course anti-virus, malware, ransomware and SPAM, but also increasingly sophisticated solutions such as behaviour analytics and intelligent threat detection. But despite these, even coupled with the most robust of processes and controls, their networks and data still remain vulnerable. This is because no software or policy can mitigate the most prevalent and notorious network weakness: their employees.
Cybercriminals prey on human nativity and curiosity, coupled with employees’ typical lack of cyber awareness: a technique called “social engineering”.
Social engineering, in the context of cybercrime, is the use of psychological manipulation to convince users to provide confidential and/ or personal information or click on a link that would either infect their network with malware or take them to a malicious site.
Accenture Security’s 2019 Cost of Cybercrime report claims that 85% of organizations reported phishing and social engineering attacks in the last 12 months.