Social engineering is the use of psychological manipulation tactics to deceive individuals into divulging sensitive information or performing actions that can result in security breaches or identity theft. Some of the dangers associated with social engineering include:
- Identity theft: Social engineering attacks can lead to the theft of personal information, including Social Security numbers, banking information, and login credentials, which can be used to commit identity theft.
- Financial loss: Social engineering attacks can result in financial losses, such as unauthorized purchases, unauthorised bank transfers, or unauthorised withdrawals.
- Data breaches: Social engineering attacks can also result in data breaches, where sensitive information is accessed or stolen.
- Malware infections: Social engineering attacks can also be used to spread malware or viruses through phishing emails or links, which can compromise the security of an individual’s computer or network.
- Reputation damage: Social engineering attacks can harm an individual’s reputation by tricking them into sharing sensitive information, making them appear careless or irresponsible.
The social engineering lifecycle
Overall, social engineering attacks can have significant consequences for both individuals and organisations, making it essential to be aware of the tactics used in these attacks and take measures to protect against them.
Data Privacy Services can help your organisation prepare for social engineering based attacks by ensuring that your team are fully aware of the typical attack methods.
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Author – Data Privacy Services Team – 2023.