Social Engineering

Social engineering is a method cybercriminals use to trick people into revealing sensitive information or performing actions they shouldn’t. It often involves manipulating trust and human behavior to gain access to confidential data or systems, which can be a major security threat for companies.

Imagine an office with strict security protocols.

Visitor (Attacker): A person approaches the office entrance, pretending to be a visitor.

Fake Badge (Deception): The attacker wears a badge that looks official but is fake, claiming they are a contractor here for a meeting.

Security Guard (Employee): The security guard is responsible for verifying identities.

Social Engineering (Manipulation): The attacker engages in friendly conversation, sharing some vague details about the supposed meeting. They act confident and trustworthy.

Access Granted (Deception Succeeds): The security guard, trusting the attacker’s story and demeanor, allows them to enter without proper verification.

In this scenario, the attacker used social engineering to manipulate the security guard’s trust and bypass security measures. This allowed them to gain unauthorized access to the corporate premises. Social engineering attacks often rely on psychological tactics and deception to exploit human weaknesses in security systems