Social engineering - December’s security awareness topic
We close off the year with a fresh look at social engineering, always a topical issue during the
holiday/new-year party season when we let our hair down. Generally speaking, we are less guarded and more vulnerable than usual to some forms of social engineering. The sheer variety of social engineering is one of the key messages in this month’s awareness materials.
This module concerns:
The use of pretexts, spoofs, masquerading, psychological manipulation and coercion, the social engineers’ tradecraft;
Significant information risks involving blended or multimode attacks and insider threats;
Controls and countermeasures against social engineering - not least awareness and vigilance.
Coming up next year
We’re already researching information risk and security topics for the awareness program in 2018:
January: BYOD & IoT - Bring Your Own Device and the Internet of Things generally involve small, portable, battery-operated, wireless
networking computer systems, big on convenience and utility but small on security. January’s materials will discuss striking the right balance between those factors.
February: protecting information
- We’re planning to link a variety of information risk and security topics with good security practices.
March: malware - March is our regular slot on the calendar for an update on the malware situation.
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