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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)
 
2015 Cyberthreat Defense Report
sponsored by Blue Coat Systems
WHITE PAPER: This report, which focuses specifically on IT security management, uses research to reveal what areas of security you should turn your attention to.
Posted: 08 Apr 2015 | Published: 08 Apr 2015

Blue Coat Systems

Human Vulnerabilities in Our Current Threat Landscape
sponsored by Global Knowledge
WHITE PAPER: This white paper enables you to educate your employees on security best practices and current human vulnerabilities, helping you to ensure that you're not a part of the many organizations that are breached.
Posted: 10 Feb 2015 | Published: 31 Jan 2015

Global Knowledge

Stepping Up the Battle Against Advanced Threats
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This essential white paper breaks down how application control can keep your endpoints secure in today's changing IT threat landscape.
Posted: 17 Sep 2013 | Published: 30 Aug 2013

IBM

Driving Down the Total Cost of Protection
sponsored by Kaspersky Lab
WHITE PAPER: This white paper touches on a new malware protection system that was designed for today and tomorrow. It provides the best overall protection for all businesses and does this with the best total cost of protection available today.
Posted: 12 May 2011 | Published: 11 May 2011

Kaspersky Lab

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

The Personalisation Challenge: Business Culture and Mobile Security
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company
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 Company

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

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

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

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
 
 
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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