Workshop: Social Engineering for IT Security Professionals

René Pfeiffer/ October 12, 2011/ Conference

Social Engineering has been around for a long time and predates the Internet. The method of the Nigerian scams today dates back to the 16th century. It is much more widespread today. Social networking sites supply attackers with a rich source of information. They may even get hold of confidential information without any effort (as the Robin Sage experiment has shown). Directed attacks such as spear-phishing can have a high impact. The use of deception or impersonation to gain unauthorised access to sensitive information or facilities is a persistent threat to your company or organisation, provided you communicate with the outside world. Since computer security is becoming more sophisticated, hackers are combining their technical expertise with social engineering to gain access to sensitive information or valuable resources in your organisation. Social engineering attacks can

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