The first key to any effective security game plan is knowing what you’re up against. We decided to share some of our knowledge and create for you a set of short, informative but simple blogs where you’ll learn all about ten of the most common threats your company is likely to face. While by no means comprehensive, these blogs can help you better understand some of the tactics being directed against you and your users, along with the specific reasons you’re potentially vulnerable to each.
From phishing to ransomware to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, the more you know about these threats, the better. They’re some of the leading causes of data breaches, downtime, and a severe lack of sleep 🙂
Social Engineering – What it is:
There are two ways to steal anything — you either take it yourself or you get someone else to give it to you. Social engineering is a broad umbrella term for any tactics designed to exploit and manipulate trust. Hence, the victim hands the attacker what they want — access to information, accounts, or computers inside a secured area. Think fake customer service calls designed to reset passwords or a criminal spoofing your CEO’s email address and asking someone in finance to send an urgent wire transfer — a type of scam referred to as a business email compromise (BEC).
What makes protection a challenge:
Everyone — repeat, everyone — can be conned, defrauded, fooled, or manipulated. Being vulnerable can sometimes come down to a lack of training or experience, but more often, it can directly come down to distraction and mental fatigue. Since this attack targets people directly, there’s very little that technical safeguards can do, especially if the action isn’t outside the employee’s typical responsibilities or usual behavior — like resetting a password for a desperate user (a typical tech support con).
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