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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

Preventing Attackers from Getting What They Want
sponsored by SecureAuth
WHITE PAPER: This white paper explores the anatomy of an attack and why preventative measures inevitably fail. Read on to learn how a two-factor authentication strategy limits the usefulness of any credentials that a hacker may have acquired or created.
Posted: 11 May 2015 | Published: 25 Mar 2015

SecureAuth

The New Phishing Attack: How to Avoid Taking the Bait
sponsored by Websense
WHITE PAPER: Can you tell the difference between legitimate emails and phishing attempts? Unfortunately, new phishing strategies can circumvent traditional email security defenses. This guide details where traditional approaches fall short, and outlines recommendations for email security success.
Posted: 13 Aug 2013 | Published: 07 Jun 2012

Websense

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.

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

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

Anti-Phishing Best Practices: Keys to Aggressively and Effectively Protecting Your Organization from Phishing Attacks
sponsored by Cyveillance
WHITE PAPER: Phishing has become one of the most common and effective online scams and can cost your company thousands of dollars. Download this new white paper and discover seven key objectives of an effective phishing protection and response plan.
Posted: 14 Nov 2006 | Published: 01 Apr 2006

Cyveillance

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

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.

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
 
 
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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