Social engineering is one of the biggest cyber threats to businesses and organisations of all sizes, from startups to companies that operate on an international level.
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For those that fall prey to a social engineering attack, the consequences can be severe, with damages possibly costing millions and a brands’ reputation can be destroyed.
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What Is Social Engineering?
Social engineering is a technique used by cybercriminals where psychological manipulation is used to get members of your workforce to click on links and attachments, or divulge sensitive information. In short, social engineering sees your employees coerced into revealing confidential information or coerced into performing adverse actions.
What To Look Out For
Cybercriminals are adept at creating web pages and emails that look legitimate, in their effort to get people to click on links, open attachments, or share personal or company data. This makes it more difficult to know who and what to trust.
How To Prevent Social Engineering
Social engineering testing is the first defence against fraudsters using these tactics. A test will assess your company’s systems and personnel, for their ability to detect and protect against these types of malicious attacks. Testing methods are designed to mirror the techniques used by criminals to highlight weaknesses. The results can be used to improve your workforce’s awareness of cybersecurity.
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Social engineering summary
Social engineering is a term that covers several different types of cyber-attacks. A common theme is a fraudster attempting to gain access to a company’s computer network, install malware, or obtain user data such as user names, passwords, and bank details.
The best defence
The best defences against social engineering include:
- Educating your employees not to open emails from untrusted sources
- Educating your employees not to click on links or download attachments
- Employ a cybersecurity company to run social engineering testing
- Choose a cybersecurity company that can run white-box and black-box simulations
- Choose a cybersecurity company that uses CREST Certified hackers (like us!)