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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)
 
Mitigating Web Security Risk with SSL Certificates: Benefits and Best Practices
sponsored by Symantec Website Security Solutions
WHITE PAPER: This white paper highlights several benefits and best practices when using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) applications to authenticate users, applications and Web services.
Posted: 01 Aug 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Symantec Website Security Solutions

Enterprise Security in Asia: The Ugly, The Bad & The Good
sponsored by F5 Networks
WHITE PAPER: This white paper reveals the truth about cybersecurity in Asia including a 52% surge in breaches and the emerging sophisticated schemes from hackers. View now to learn which attacks are most popular and how to avoid being the next data breach victim.
Posted: 01 Oct 2015 | Published: 13 Jan 2015

F5 Networks

Case Study: Closing in on China's Unit 78020
sponsored by ThreatConnect
WHITE PAPER: This report explores how a Chinese cyber-espionage group known as Unit 78020 was discovered with an advanced intrusion analysis strategy.
Posted: 14 Dec 2015 | Published: 14 Dec 2015

ThreatConnect

The Trouble Heading for Your Business 2013
sponsored by Trend Micro
WHITE PAPER: This resource details the current state of targeted attacks and explores why putting an effective defensive strategy in place is so critical. View now to uncover the effects of these potentially disastrous attacks and what you can do to stay protected.
Posted: 16 Apr 2013 | Published: 28 Feb 2013

Trend Micro

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

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.

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

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

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

The Bot Threat
sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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 Enterprise
 
 
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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