Social Engineering Attacks are widely used by cyber criminals as one of the most sophisticated methods to puncture deep into an organization and to use cleverly devised methods to deceive company employees and individuals into handing over confidential and restricted company data. Microsoft has released their new ebook which helps you better detect Social engineering attacks, gives an insightful introduction to various methods involved in such attacks and acutely prevent your organization from being compromised.
Social Engineering Attacks
In the book, Microsoft talks about how to protect the weakest security link in your organization – your own end users. Talking about the serious problem of increasing fondness for Social Engineering methods, Microsoft shares the information regarding the massive increase of 270% in the number of social engineering victims identified by FBI since January 2015.
The Ebook acts as a guide for better understanding the attacks, detect them profusely and prevent them from happening before your company’s security perimeter gets weakened. In this post, we will talk about few major points included in this ebook and give a summarized word on tips on Social Engineering techniques.
What is Social Engineering
Social Engineering is an easy yet so effective way to manipulate company employees so that they give away confidential and valuable company information. There are several methods of Social Engineering. Typically involving psychological manipulation, Social Engineering attackers targets the employees in a sophisticated and utterly unsuspecting manner, seeking very confidential information like passwords, bank information or even taking the control of your computer to install some malicious software in your system.
It won’t be hyperbolic to say that these hackers are aware of the veritable security gaps in your organization network. Classified company information can be revealed up to an unrepairable limit due to the unidentified weaklings in your organizational security network. Social engineers walk in the crowd. They are those daily faces that you meet and greet. With a game of patience and trust, they are always eyeing for easy targets. You should familiarize yourself with the social engineering techniques so that anyone with a malicious intent can be identified before the valuable information is undermined.
Quoting the famous developer of the first commercial antivirus program, John McAfee, Microsoft states,
“Social engineering has become about 75% of an average hacker’s toolkit, and for the most successful hackers, it reaches 90% or more.”
With the frightening aftereffects, Social Engineering is a very real problem with very few real solutions. Below are some of the insights of such attacks:
- Attackers are increasingly infecting computers by tricking people into doing it themselves – Prank calls, Phishing attacks, and malicious emails are just a few ways to get the employees hurt the company reputation by their own hands.
- More than 2 billion mobile apps that steal personal data have been willingly downloaded – This is as terrifying fact as it gets. Average smartphone users can be easily targeted into downloading malevolent mobile apps that help attackers gain information just like that!
- On social media, Phishing is 10 times more likely than malware – Social media, with its fast-paced outreach, is becoming yet another medium for hackers to create fake accounts looking rather legitimate and targets the end users over there.
Protect your organization against Social Engineering Attacks
With time, it’s becoming a pressing matter of concern for the organizations to protect their vulnerable people and keep vulnerable data out of malicious hands. You need to devise plans and work upon real-world prevention strategies to mitigate the risk associated. Microsoft, in its ebook, sheds light on such various methods that can help you clearly articulate an easy-to-understand security policy.
At the end, quoting John Chambers, CEO, Cisco, word to the wise says:
“There are two types of companies: Those that have been hacked, and those who don’t know they have been hacked.”
Hope this ebook helps you secure your organization. Download it here.
Now read: What is Socially Engineered Malware and what precautions can you take?