WTF is social engineering?

Who can you trust online? Given the surging number of global identity thefts, it seems we are nowhere near cautious enough regarding digital interactions.

Neil Smith, partner success manager for EMEA North at cybersecurity firm Norton, said 55% of people in the U.K. admit that they would have no idea what to do if their identity was stolen. “The biggest worry is that it is often ourselves that is the root cause of identity theft,” he added.

Further, Allen Ohanian, chief information security officer of Los Angeles County said that, alarmingly, 67% of us trust people online more than in the physical world.

In early 2022, the World Economic Forum calculated that 95% of cybersecurity incidents occur due to human error. “Almost every time there’s an attack, it’s down to a mistake by or manipulation of people like you and me,” said Jenny Radcliffe, who goes by the moniker “The People Hacker.”

Indeed, 98% of all cyberattacks involve some form of social engineering, cyber security experts Purplesec worked out.

But what exactly is social engineering?

The full version of this article was first published on DigiDay’s future-of-work platform, WorkLife, in December 2022 – to read the complete piece, please click HERE.

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Oliver Pickup

Multi-award-winning writer, content editor, ghostwriter, and TV and radio commentator (and occasional illustrator), specialising in technology, blockchain, startups, business, sport and culture. Founder of Pickup Media Limited. Interviewer of death row prisoners, legendary athletes, influential leaders, tech trendsetters, and cultural pioneers. By-lined in every English newspaper. Contributor to dozens of multinational publications.

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