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Social engineering-based attacks raving companies, causing confusion

The best security protocols can become ineffective due to social engineering tactics deployed by cybercriminals.

Published Sun, Nov 30 2014 11:13 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Launching social engineering attacks, typically using phishing tactics, will remain a success for cybercriminals - and companies struggle to teach their employees how to detect and avoid these attacks. Phishing emails often trick employees to turn over usernames and passwords, or install some type of file with malware.

Social engineering-based attacks raving companies, causing confusion | TweakTown.com

"Phishing relies on human mistakes, not technology, so the number one way to combat this particularly effective form of social engineering is to raise awareness enterprise-wide," said Joe Caruso, CEO and CTO of Global Digital Forensics. "Time is your enemy after a cyber breach or incident, so every second counts. The faster the problem is identified and eradicated, the less costly it will be in the long run for the entire organization."

As more people embrace mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, cybercriminals are adjusting their attack strategies. More employees are using their personal devices for work, and criminals have the opportunity to steal personal and corporate information.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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