Social Engineering Defined

Social Engineering Defined And How It's Used.

When you navigate on the net and hit a Google search with the terms "social engineering definition", there are countless pages returned, some of which are plagiarized, and others provide Its meaning In their very own wording. Or do they In fact define It In Its entirety? For the most part, no! Check It out for yourself, and you'll find that the majority of online sources say something (not verbatim) along the lines of: "A technique to grab confidential Information, and/or Infect a computer with malware to gain unauthorized access". Whilst this Is certainly true, It barely covers the basics of what social engineering entails as a whole.

I've been SEing for over 30 years and to this day, I'm at a loss as to how major security firms fail to understand precisely what's Involved In the art of human hacking. For Instance, Webroot who's been around since the late 90s, says: "Social engineering Is the art of manipulating people so they give up confidential Information". Really? Is that all there Is to It? Moreover, Kaspersky explains It In a similar fashion, with the addition of: "To lure unsuspecting users Into exposing data, spreading malware Infections, or giving access to restricted systems". Do they honestly believe that social engineering Is solely relative to this alone?

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