RealTime IT News

Intel Security Warns of Social Engineering Risks

Organizations around the world have deployed all manner of technology to help protect infrastructure and end-points from security risks. Technology however isn't the only risk that needs to be secured. In a new report from Intel Security, titled 'Hacking the Human Operating System', researchers reveal the role of social engineering within cybersecurity

The report defines social engineering as, "the deliberate application of deceitful techniques designed to manipulate someone into divulging information or performing actions that may result in the release of that information."

Intel Security explains that there are two fundamental types of social engineering attacks: hunting and farming. The hunting attacks are those where attackers are looking to gain information and exploit the user with minimal interaction. In contrast, in farming attacks the attackers build a relationship with the victim and then extract information over time.

Read the full story at eWEEK:
'Human OS' Plays Big Role in Social Engineering Risk

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.