IT Security: Social Engineering
Today, much of our interaction with people is done “virtually.” We no longer need to be in physical contact to communicate. We talk to people on the phone, chat with them via instant messaging, send text messages on our mobile devices, or communicate with email. However, these technologies also make it much easier for cyber criminals to launch one of their most effective attacks: social engineering.
Cyber criminals build trust by pretending to be a person or organization we know. They then exploit this trust to obtain whatever they want, such as access to your computer, your money or your information. Cyber criminals have learned that often the easiest way to steal something is to simply ask for it. The simplest way to be protected is to use common sense. For example, if an email, message on Facebook or phone call seems suspicious or sounds too good to be true, it is most likely an attack. If you believe you may be the victim of social engineering, contact UNIT’s A Help Desk. A representative is available Monday-Thursday from 9am-7pm and 9am-5pm on Fridays @ 610-519-7777; or Email us @ firstname.lastname@example.org.