Hackers are always seeking ways to infiltrate unsuspecting businesses. Arguably, one of the most difficult to identify is a social engineering attack, in which the hacker exploits the end user, rather than cracking the security of technology systems.
Social engineering attacks are highly dangerous, especially since they come in many shapes and forms. Hackers appeal to human emotions that are easily exploitable. The primary concern for social engineering hacks is that vulnerabilities like these can’t be patched or augmented with security solutions. The only thing keeping your data safe from social engineering hacks is how your team deals with them, and whether or not your employees are gullible enough to hand over sensitive information.
Types of Social Engineering Hacks
There are many ways hackers take advantage of end users. Keep in mind that social engineering hacks almost always come in the form of phishing attacks, which are targeted attempts designed to garner information from specific individuals.
The following types of social engineering attacks are most common:
The best way to counter social engineering and phishing scams is to educate your staff on how to handle potentially dangerous situations. They should be educated in how to approach spam and suspicious phone calls. One particularly important detail you should always emphasize to your staff is that important information, like Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, and other personal credentials typically won’t be requested via email. Another great method of discerning potential social engineering scams is by cross referencing phone numbers and email addresses with those you currently have on file. This helps you identify fakes before it’s too late.
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Jerry Fetty is the CEO and founder of SMART I.T. Services, Inc. Jerry has been called the "Geek King". He has been helping companies make smart decisions about their networks and automation systems for over 30 years.