Cybersecurity is a daily discussion in the media and in organizations across the country. How do we keep our data and systems safe in an era of increasingly sophisticated cyber hacks? While this is a critical discussion to have, it is also important to pay attention to the impact of the traditionally less sophisticated practice of social engineering.
Social engineering is the practice of gaining trust to gain access. Social engineering attacks can be as “simple” as impersonating the pizza guy to gain access to an office, then accessing files and systems using the passwords scribbled on the sticky note on your monitor. But, as with all attacks, those using social engineering techniques have gotten more sophisticated and we have made it easy for them.