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Social Engineering

"Social Engineering" is a security term used to describe the process of gaining important information, or access to it, from another person through deceit. It is one of the most commonly used methods of hacking. The ‘social engineer’ counts on our natural instinct to be helpful, and will often use such tactics as posing as a co-worker about to depart for a field assignment and needing access to someone’s office.

Take a look at the picture on the next page. Can you tell if one of these people is a social engineer?

Can you spot a social engineer in this group?

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