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Social Engineering

Social engineering is the art of exploiting human psychology, rather than technical hacking techniques, to gain private information, access, or valuables. In cybercrime, these “human hacking” scams tend to lure unsuspecting users into exposing data, spreading malware infections, or giving access to restricted systems. Attacks can happen online, in-person, and via other interactions. For example, the phishing emails, when opened could install a piece of malware onto your computer. Since not all users are equally trained against social engineering attacks, many people open spam emails and download malicious attachments or open the infected links inside the emails.

With the pandemic enforced, the work from home regime has left the employees emotionally destabilized and organizations a big makeover to create a safe and secure remote communications. This type of operational unpreparedness makes employees even more subject to access malicious links, as well as providing information to malicious agents, since, often; their computers were previously configured to perform specific activities. In this way, the psychological situation coupled with the technical unpreparedness of a good part of the population ends up scaling various social engineering attacks.

Despite being largely neglected, employees must be well prepared for security in digital media, since more than 40% of these attacks are not associated with the technology itself, but with people and the way information and systems are handled in organizations. ASI bridges the gap with next generation tools by deploying a security suite like SIEM or/and SOAR, that can be your first line of defense against social engineering attacks. ASI’s SIEM raises alerts as soon as any malicious activity is detected and activates incident responders for instant remediation.

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