Social engineering and its consequences

While the media highlight increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks, decision-makers could easily forget that humans are one of the main weak links of IT security. According to the latest IBM – Ponemon Institute report published in 2016, 25% of data leaks are due to human error or negligence.

Social engineering is about exploiting human weakness to obtain goods, services or key information. Social engineering existed before the digital era. For example, during the 2000s, organized scammers used personal information available in Alumni directories to impersonate alumni of a prestigious university and extract money from their fellow classmates…