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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 Bot Threat
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, get vital information about the malicious bot, also known as botnets when in large forces, and explore 4 key features that will help you build a defense-in-depth security system to prevent these attacks from compromising your networks.
Posted: 01 Feb 2015 | Published: 13 Nov 2013

Hewlett-Packard Company

The Impact of Social Media On Information Security: What Every Company Needs To Know
sponsored by Cyveillance, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper can show you why security professionals need to pay attention to social media, and what you can do to implement secure social media practices in your organization.
Posted: 17 Jul 2015 | Published: 17 Jul 2015

Cyveillance, Inc.

How to Prevent Security Breaches in Your Retail Network
sponsored by Dell, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Explore the multi-vector nature common to most high-profile retail security breaches in this white paper and learn about the several common characteristics of recent breaches and how to protect your data against hackers.
Posted: 12 May 2015 | Published: 06 May 2015

Dell, Inc.

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 2.0 - Why Phishing is back as the No.1 threat, and how Web Security can protect your company
sponsored by Webroot
WHITE PAPER: This resource takes an inside look at the new dangers posed by phishing 2.0 attacks. Read on to find an overview of the structure of these threats, learn about web security and anti-phishing capabilities your organization needs, and much more.
Posted: 31 May 2013 | Published: 31 May 2013

Webroot

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.

Financial Institutions, Merchants, and the Race Against Cyberthreats
sponsored by RSA
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, learn about the 4 top forms of cybercrime. Click through to reveal 6 key recommendations to best protect your organization from security breaches.
Posted: 02 Apr 2014 | Published: 31 Oct 2013

RSA

Who Is Fighting Phishing: An Overview of the Phishing Lifecycle and the Entities Involved
sponsored by MarkMonitor
WHITE PAPER: This white paper addresses the lifecycle of a phishing attack and how different entities--including third-party take down services and law enforcement--are involved in the process of disabling phishing sites.
Posted: 10 Oct 2008 | Published: 09 Oct 2008

MarkMonitor

Global Threat Trends - December 2009
sponsored by ESET
WHITE PAPER: Review this report to see what threats had the highest number of detections in the past month according to the results of a sophisticated analysis provided by ESET's ThreatSense.Net.
Posted: 16 Sep 2009 | Published: 02 Sep 2009

ESET

The Top Six Risks of Employee Internet Use and How to Stop Them
sponsored by St. Bernard Software
WHITE PAPER: Due to the serious nature of many threats, the Internet use of even one unmonitored employee on a single unmanaged system can ravage a company’s internal network, irrevocably delete critical data, and ultimately ruin the company’s ability to conduct business. Read this white paper to learn how to protect your organization.
Posted: 10 May 2010 | Published: 10 May 2010

St. Bernard Software
 
 
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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