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What is Social Engineering

Social engineering is a method used by cyber attackers to manipulate people into divulging confidential information or performing actions that compromise security. Unlike traditional hacking methods that rely on exploiting technical vulnerabilities, social engineering exploits human psychology and behavior to achieve its goals.

Social engineering techniques can take various forms, such as:

  1. Phishing: Sending deceptive emails, text messages, or phone calls to trick individuals into revealing sensitive information like passwords or financial details.
  2. Pretexting: Creating a fabricated scenario or pretext to trick individuals into providing information or performing actions they wouldn’t ordinarily do.
  3. Baiting: Tempting individuals with something desirable, such as free software or prizes, to entice them into downloading malware or giving up personal information.
  4. Quid pro quo: Offering something in exchange for sensitive information, such as posing as IT support and offering to fix a non-existent problem in exchange for login credentials.
  5. Tailgating: Physically following someone into a restricted area by closely trailing them, taking advantage of their politeness or lack of suspicion.

Social engineering attacks often rely on exploiting human tendencies like trust, curiosity, authority, or urgency. Effective cybersecurity awareness training and vigilance can help individuals and organizations mitigate the risks associated with social engineering attacks.

Pregnancy centers are not immune to social engineering attacks. It is important that your organization remains vigilant. There are many types of social engineering, so it is important to keep your staff and volunteers informed by implementing Security Awareness Training.

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