Join Tom Tobiassen for an in-depth discussion in this video Background, part of Cybersecurity Awareness: Social Engineering.
- [Narrator] So what is social engineering? Social engineering is a technique used by criminals to get your personal information so that they will have access to your financial bank accounts. To have access to your credit information so they can apply for credit in your name, thus creating a large debt in your name, and ruining your credit. Social engineering techniques can be used to steal physical, and intellectual property. Who is impacted by social engineering? Everyone can be impacted by social engineering.
You and your family can be impacted by the theft of your identity, your credit rating, your property. Your employer may be subject to the loss of intellectual property or trade secrets that may have benefit to overseas companies or sold on the black market to competitors. What can you lose? The loss of financial stability, credit rating, money, reputation, employee time, and the cost of recovery from the information breach.
In a few cases, companies have gone out of business over the result of the burden placed on the company due to the social engineering attack. Where does it happen? Social engineering attacks can happen anywhere to anyone. The social engineering attacker can use information learned from several attacks through several attack methods to work his way up the ladder to executives at the highest level to get the most money and cause the most amount of damage.
Why should you be concerned? Social engineering can have a catastrophic impact on your computer, the information on your computer, your personal information, and your identity. Your personal information could be used to damage your financial situation, credit rating, reputation, and more. Money could be drained out of your bank account or your employer's bank account. Intellectual property could be lost to competitors or classified information could be lost to foreign governments.
Social engineering is easy to perpetrate by attackers skilled in the craft of deceiving the unsuspected victim into giving up important information, or providing access to unauthorized people into secure areas. So we just talked a little bit about what social engineering is, who is impacted, what you can lose, where it happens, and why you should be concerned. In the upcoming topics we'll get into the specifics of the different kinds of social engineering attacks that you might run into, and how you might avoid being the victim.
Note: This course was recorded and produced by Mentor Source, Inc. We're pleased to host this training in our library.
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