Social Engineering

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Our short HIPAA training course, Social Engineering (5.5-minutes), discusses social engineering — the tricks hackers use to fool people into helping them gain access into a computer network. The course covers common social engineering techniques, such as baiting, pretexting, phishing, and spear phishing.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the tricks hackers use to fool people into helping them gain access into a computer network
  • Learn about baiting, pretexting, phishing, and spear phishing
  • Become familiar with how to avoid social engineering techniques

“Social engineering” is a term that describes how hackers and fraudsters trick people into divulging confidential information or into performing actions that enable unauthorized access into a computer network.

Hacker PNG 02 About 90% of malware requires a human interaction to infect.  Hackers often succeed not because of their technical wizardry; they succeed because they are good con artists and trick people. Data security is only partly technical – it’s a human behavior issue.

There are many social engineering techniques that criminals use.  Some of the most common ones include:

Phishing — fraudulently obtaining sensitive data through by tricking people into providing the data, clicking on a link to a malicious website, or opening an email attachment with malware.

Spear Phishing — phishing using personal information, which is much more effective in tricking people.

Vishing — phishing via the use of the telephone.

Baiting — leaving something lying around (often a USB or thumb drive) that people might pick up and plug into a computer out of curiosity; the device will then infect the computer with malware.

Pretexting — making a phone call pretending to be someone else to trick a person into revealing data.

The best way to combat social engineering is to educate people about how not to be fooled.  Information security awareness training is essential.  Everyone in the workforce needs to be aware of the kinds of tricks fraudsters use and how to spot suspicious emails, attachments, links, or phone calls.  All it takes is one person to make one wrong click . . . and there’s a data breach!  The more people who are cautious and wise, the lower the risk.

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