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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 Personalisation Challenge: Business Culture and Mobile Security
sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise
WHITE PAPER: This exclusive white paper reveals the truth about mobility in the workforce, including the risks and rewards of bring your own device (BYOD) for businesses.
Posted: 24 Sep 2013 | Published: 24 Sep 2013

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Symantec Internet Security Threat Report
sponsored by Symantec Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This report reveals the latest information about today's top security vulnerabilities and threats – from targeted attacks and exploits to spam and phishing – to help you keep your organization safe. View now to learn more!
Posted: 23 Jul 2013 | Published: 30 Apr 2013

Symantec Corporation

Global Threat Research Report: Russia
sponsored by VeriSign, Inc
WHITE PAPER: This report takes an in-depth look at the security threat the Russian Business Network (RBN) is to North American-based enterprise businesses. Learn more about their current infrastructure, its corruption, and the impact the RBN has on business today.
Posted: 16 Nov 2007 | Published: 10 Jan 2007

VeriSign, Inc

First Annual Cost of Cyber Crime Study: Benchmark Study of U.S. Companies
sponsored by ArcSight, an HP Company
WHITE PAPER: The purpose of this benchmark study is twofold. First, we wanted to quantify the economic impact of a cyber attack. Second, we believed a better understanding of the cost of cyber crime will assist organizations in determining the appropriate amount of investment and resources needed to prevent or mitigate the devastating consequences of an attack.
Posted: 02 Aug 2010 | Published: 02 Aug 2010

ArcSight, an HP Company

Methods, Motivations, and Mitigation of Insider Threats
sponsored by VeriSign, Inc
WHITE PAPER: This white paper takes a closer look at the real impact of insider threats. From the motives and means, to types of insider attacks and best practices, learn more about how this complicated criminal behavior is impacting enterprise today.
Posted: 28 Nov 2007 | Published: 13 Feb 2007

VeriSign, Inc

Measuring End User Susceptibility and Defenses Against Phishing Attacks with CORE Insight
sponsored by Core Security Technologies
WHITE PAPER: This white paper contains critical information about spear phishing and how to prepare your users and systems from falling for these targeted attacks being masked as trustworthy content.
Posted: 11 Oct 2013 | Published: 11 Oct 2013

Core Security Technologies

Thawte in Education
sponsored by Thawte Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to discover a number of trends accelerating the urgency of deploying SSL across distributed campuses and how this approach can ensure safety and security in higher educational networks.
Posted: 30 Sep 2013 | Published: 30 Sep 2013

Thawte Inc.

Security Threat Report: July 2009 Update
sponsored by Sophos, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Businesses are continuing to face a challenging threat landscape. Check out this paper to learn about recent security threats related to Web 2.0, social networking sites, email, mobile devices, and Mac computers.
Posted: 28 Jul 2009 | Published: 01 Jul 2009

Sophos, Inc.

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

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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