I’m continually amazed by the success of social engineering ploys to extract information from unsuspecting individuals. However, a recent article in Computerworld points out that people in the intelligence, security and defense organizations of the US Government have also fallen prey to social engineering. These are folks: who can’t show up for work without a security clearance; who’re subjected to numerous policies, procedures, regulations and laws about keeping secrets; who receive information security awareness training about Internet security, on a regular basis; are able to be duped by social engineering just like people ignorant of information security.
So…I’m wondering [tongue in cheek] if there’s any hope of normal people ever being able to sniff out a social engineering scheme. If our best “keepers of the secrets” can be fooled, what possible hope is there for we mere mortals?
If there’s any hope; it’s in the education of the masses to these ploys and schemes as we find out about them. We bloggers who’re concerned about this—among whom are: Bill Mullins, Rick Robinette, and this blog–have been posting articles on this subject on a frequent basis to educate the average Internet user to this social engineering problem. But what will really make a difference is when the average Internet user takes our advice seriously. This is important, so let me repeat: what will really make a difference is when the average Internet user takes our advice seriously.
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