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Social engineering: understanding the threat

The UK government’s Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure has published a new guidance document on social engineering threats.

‘Social engineering: understanding the threat’ is aimed at business and security managers and explains what social engineering threats are and what organizations can do to improve their physical and electronic defences.

The contents include:

Introduction

  • What is social engineering?
  • How does a social engineer work?
  • How to counter social engineering
  • The threat 5
  • The need to protect against social engineering

Strategy

  • Counter social engineering model and risk assessment
  • Types of attack

Vulnerabilities

Approaches

  • Counter-measures

Overview

Employee awareness

Document management and accountability

Annex A: Table of social engineering approaches
Annex B: Further guidance

Read the document (PDF).

•Date: 12th December 2013 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

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