Social engineering is the formal name for the psychology of persuading people to feel the need to take certain actions. It’s the way that advertisers convince you that a certain brand of jeans is cooler than another. Or how public health campaigns remind you to get your flu shot. In cybersecurity, social engineering is considerably more sinister – and the domain of cybercriminals who perpetrate phishing attacks. Bad actors use all sorts of psychological tricks to lure their victims into opening dodgy emails, clicking suspicious links, handing over passwords, downloading sketchy attachments and engaging in other unsafe behaviors that can put your business at risk of damaging disasters like ransomware. These 10 facts about social engineering paint a picture of how it influences cybercrime and what you can do to protect your business from the trouble it can bring in its wake.
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10 Facts About Social Engineering That Tell the Tale of This Threat
- The number one type of social engineering attack is phishing.