social engineering


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social engineering

n.
The practical application of sociological principles to particular social problems.

social engineer n.

social engineering

n
(Sociology) the manipulation of the social position and function of individuals in order to manage change in a society

so′cial engineer′ing


n.
the application of the findings of social science to the solution of actual social problems.
[1895–1900]
so′cial engineer′, n.

social engineering

The process of applying sociological principles to problems in society.
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Findings: The findings revealed that the powerful security firm was compromised and overtaken through simple SQL injection techniques and a very crafty social engineering attack which succeeded because of sheer personnel negligence and unwitting utterances.
Colonel Dr Obaid Saleh Hassan, Director of the Electronic Services Communication Department of Sharjah Police, said social engineering can be used to reveal bad and risky accounts to prevent being duped by hackers.
Social engineering has quickly become one of the most common means of cyberattack, but the cyber insurance industry may not be keeping up, and it could leave businesses at significant financial risk.
We consulted with Teraverde Management Advisors, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a professional adviser, to help prepare a formal risk assessment and the company provided recommendations on social engineering, endpoint monitoring and other matters.
"Consistent with the social engineering policy we announced in November, embedded content (like ads) on a web page will be considered social engineering when they either: pretend to act, or look and feel, like a trusted entity - like your own device or browser, or the website itself.
Collectivization and Social Engineering: Soviet Administration and the Jews of Uzbekistan, 1917-1939
Social engineering fraud frequently targets companies that have international branches or deal with suppliers in other countries.
In addition to attacks conducted by computer keyboard through networks, these techniques may also include tests of physical security and the use of "social engineering" to acquire confidential information.
In the past few years, businesses have experienced a sharp increase in social engineering fraud, and small and midsize companies are especially vulnerable.
When all of the staff of the credit union are aware of the various types of attacks, social engineering for frontline staff and the more technological hacks like DDoS attacks for the IT staff, it doesn't really matter when that attack comes or from what direction because the staff are aware of the need for security and have the tools to fight it.
From targeted social-based cyber attacks to fraud, phishing, social engineering and impersonations, the ZeroFOX Platform provides real-time risk management, threat intelligence and security analytics.
PEF director (CPDP) Bushra Saeed Khan and other concerned officers, including representatives of Social Engineering Consultants attended the meeting.

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