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DEFINITION: Pretexting is a form of social engineering in which an individual lies about his identity or purpose to obtain privileged data about another individual. A pretexter may then use this data to engage in identity theft or corporate espionage. Pretexting may be employed by telephone or email, through customer service instant messaging or a company Web site. A pretexter may use a variety of strategies  … 
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Social Engineering White Papers (View All Report Types)
 
The Human Factor in Security
sponsored by Proofpoint, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Through email, attackers trick people into installing malware, handing over their credentials, disclosing sensitive information and transferring funds. Read this white paper to uncover strategies that can detect and block phishing messages prior to reaching targets.
Posted: 17 Aug 2017 | Published: 17 Aug 2017

Proofpoint, Inc.

McAfee Total Protection for Secure Business
sponsored by Insight
WHITE PAPER: McAfee solutions cover all the critical elements of security medium businesses need: desktop and server protection, data protection, email and web security, and compliance. Total Protection for Secure Business provides comprehensive protection against the most lethal threats and exploits - in one package, from one trusted and proven vendor.
Posted: 16 Mar 2010 | Published: 16 Mar 2010

Insight

Protecting Commercial Online Banking Customers from Next-Generation Malware
sponsored by IronKey
WHITE PAPER: Cybercriminals are now using advanced malicious software (malware) to attack the computers of finance professionals in companies and government agencies. Read this paper now to learn how your business can stay protected from these threats.
Posted: 22 Nov 2010 | Published: 22 Nov 2010

IronKey

Driving Down the Total Cost of Protection
sponsored by Kaspersky Lab
WHITE PAPER: This white paper touches on a new malware protection system that was designed for today and tomorrow. It provides the best overall protection for all businesses and does this with the best total cost of protection available today.
Posted: 12 May 2011 | Published: 11 May 2011

Kaspersky Lab

Social Engineering: Hacking People, Not Machines
sponsored by AVG Technologies USA, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Hackers are often portrayed as technical geniuses plying their trade through the use of complex computer code. But gaining access to a computer can be as simple as fooling someone into a revealing a password. Read this paper to learn more about social engineering threats and how to defend against them.
Posted: 31 Mar 2010 | Published: 31 Mar 2010

AVG Technologies USA, Inc.

Phishing and Web Security
sponsored by Webroot
WHITE PAPER: This brief whitepaper explores why businesses need to prepare for phishing 2.0 and why this new cybercrime is aiming its sights at your business.
Posted: 29 Apr 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Webroot

Beyond Spam - Email Security in the Age of Blended Threats
sponsored by EdgeWave
WHITE PAPER: In this paper, explore the new threat reality, including the tactics and designs cyber criminals are using today and uncover some of the next generation technologies that can help mitigate these threats.
Posted: 12 Mar 2012 | Published: 12 Mar 2012

EdgeWave

Study commissioned by Webroot: Web Threats Expose Businesses to Data Loss
sponsored by Webroot
WHITE PAPER: Eight in 10 companies experienced web-borne attacks in 2012. Don't be part of the statistic! Read this research paper to learn about the current state of web layer security in organizations today and learn what you should do to stay protected.
Posted: 20 Mar 2013 | Published: 06 May 2013

Webroot

What Can You Do Differently to Guard Against Threats from Rapidly Evolving Mobile Malware?
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Mobile security is about more than the device: It's also about protecting apps on the device. Learn how IBM can help.
Posted: 09 Oct 2014 | Published: 31 Jan 2014

IBM

Phishing: The Latest Tactics And Potential Business Impacts
sponsored by Symantec
WHITE PAPER: This informative guide takes an in-depth look at phishing and how it has become an effective tactic for cybercriminals.
Posted: 14 May 2014 | Published: 14 May 2014

Symantec
 
 
SOCIAL ENGINEERING DEFINITION (continued): …  to obtain personal information. In one scenario, for example, the pretexter might call an individual claiming affiliation with a bank, survey firm or credit agency. In another scenario, a pretexter might claim to be a customer, client or employee of a company to gain access to phone or electronic records. After establishing trust with the targeted individual, the pretexter might ask a series of questions designed to gather key individual identifiers (like social security numbers, mother's maiden name, place or date of birth, or account numbers) under the guise of needing to confirm the individual's … 
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