Social Engineering

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1. Social engineering occurs when employees are influenced or tricked into disclosing information or performing an action that allows cyber criminals to gain unauthorised access to the organization’s systems. Such actions include clicking hyperlinks or downloading an email attachment.

Related Term: The Human Element

(Source: Business Continuity Management Institute - BCM Institute)


2. Social engineering is the art of manipulating people so they give up confidential information.
Source: (Criddle, 2017)

3. Social engineering is a way that cybercriminals use human-to-human interaction in order get the user to divulge sensitive information.
Source: (Symantec Corporation, 2017)

4. Social engineering attacks rely on influencing or tricking people into disclosing information or conducting an action, such as clicking on a hyperlink or opening an email attachment.
Source: (Verizon, 2016)