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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)
Countdown to Compromise: The Timeline of a Spear-Phishing Attack
sponsored by Mimecast
WHITE PAPER: This white paper uses a typical spear-phishing scenario to demonstrate the dangers spear-phishing poses.
Posted: 07 Jul 2015 | Published: 07 Jul 2015


Institutional Identity Theft: How the Identity Theft of Your Customers Leads to the Erosion of Your Company's Profits and Good Name
sponsored by Perimeter eSecurity
WHITE PAPER: Read this whitepaper for a look at the real losses sustained by organizations whose customers experience identity theft and best policies, procedures, and solutions to reduce your organizations risk.
Posted: 04 Dec 2008 | Published: 04 Dec 2008

Perimeter eSecurity

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

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


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 Intelligence Report – May 2013
sponsored by Symantec Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Keeping on top of the latest security happenings is crucial to protecting your organization. In this recent edition of Symantec's Intelligence Report, view a number of statistics and up-to-date material on the current threat landscape to learn what you should expect both now and in the future.
Posted: 25 Jul 2013 | Published: 31 May 2013

Symantec Corporation

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


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


Symantec Internet Security Threat Report: Trends for 2011
sponsored by Symantec Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This threat report takes a thorough look back at the most significant threats, trends and outright attacks of the year that was. Read now for helpful tips and best practices for keeping your confidential information safe.
Posted: 25 May 2012 | Published: 30 Apr 2012

Symantec Corporation

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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