What is Social Engineering?

What is Social Engineering?

Email is a main communication tool for most businesses. On a desktop, laptop, tablet, and even our cellular phones. This puts our employees at risk of a social engineering attack. But, what exactly are the types of attacks we are at risk of?

Social engineering is the manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. A type of trick for the purpose of information gathering, fraud, or system access.

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There are four main types of social engineering schemes –

Vishing, otherwise known as “voice phishing”, is the criminal practice of using social engineering over a telephone system to gain access to private personal and financial information.

Phishing is a technique of fraudulently obtaining private information. Typically, the phisher sends an e-mail that appears to come from a legitimate business—a bank, another employee, or credit card company—requesting “verification” of information. The e-mail usually contains a link to a fraudulent web page that seems legitimate and has a form requesting everything from a home address, an ATM card’s PIN, or a credit card number.

Smishing is the act of using SMS text messaging to lure victims into a specific course of action. Like phishing it can be clicking on a malicious link or divulging information.

Impersonation is the act of pretending to be another person with the goal of gaining access physically to a system or building.

Contact your agent at PUI today to discuss ways to recognize and protect your business from these types of social engineering attempts.

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