We understand electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and civil engineering . . . but what’s social engineering? Simply put, social engineering manipulates another person into doing something they might not otherwise do by playing on their fears or appealing to their ego.
Computer hackers often use social engineering methods to encourage recipients to click on attachments or links or to provide personal identifiable information (PII) that can be used for malicious purposes. This month’s edition of the IT security awareness newsletter called Ouch! describes social engineering and the ways you can minimize your risk. You can read it by clicking here.