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Social engineering is the act of manipulating individuals to gain access to private information. It remains the most common way cybercriminals target organizations. In fact, up to 90% of all cyberattacks take place through social engineering. Why? Because it relies on human error for a job well done.
Most often, a lack of cybersecurity education coupled with the increased sophistication of hacking attacks makes this approach effective. Unfortunately, even individuals that know what to expect can be exploited.
Below, we will explain the types of social engineering attacks and dive deeper into why people often fall victim.
Phishing scams are a form of social engineering that use fear and uncertainty to trick victims into taking a desired action, such as clicking a link or submitting a document. Similar to baiting attacks, victims may unknowingly install malware onto their system by clicking a malicious link.
It is important to note that these scams can also occur offline, with scammers posing as employees or technicians to gain access to sensitive information. To protect against phishing scams, it is crucial to be vigilant and question any unexpected or suspicious requests for information.
In addition to the causes mentioned above, there are other reasons these attacks are incredibly effective. These attacks play on our emotions to achieve their results.
Humans are empathetic creatures. Our fundamental nature tells us to help those in need. So, when someone comes to us with a problem (whether in person or online) we want to help them fix it. For instance, when a cybercriminal emails us a sham link to donate to starving children, our emotional response tells us to help.
Other emotions that these attacks play on are greed, fear, and urgency.
Fortunately, an IT service provider like LeadingIT has the expertise to help you recognize and prevent threats. Using our managed IT services will ensure protection against social engineering attacks and help you stay up to date on the latest tactics cybercriminals are using.
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