There are a lot of reports in the news about IT security threats and the damage they have caused. This has put a larger focus on implementing firewalls and anti-virus systems to prevent hackers from afar getting into our systems.
With these more sensational attacks in focus, our attention is drawn away from threats that are near and impervious to the protection provided by software.
These threats are local outsiders, they are the people that walk into our workspaces, uninvited, unexpected and well-prepared to exploit vulnerabilities in plain sight. It doesn’t have to be a rogue employee or someone with legitimate access to our workspace.
These are often individuals that use psychological manipulation to convince staff to perform actions or divulge confidential information.
This action is often referred to as Social Engineering.
“Better to be despised for too anxious apprehensions, than ruined by too confident security.”
– Edmund Burke, Author and Political Theorist
These “bad guys” are adept at taking advantage of the weaknesses in our everyday behavior, actions that expose our systems and leave valuable clues behind.
Scary fact – we leave a lot.
Stay vigilant! Someone is always watching.
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