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Social Engineering

Trusting your Instincts

To defend against a social engineer trust your instincts, particularly if a stranger phones or appears in persons asking for information that you know is sensitive (Privacy Act, "Assurance of Confidentiality", Proprietary, named health information, etc.). Donít be afraid to ask questions and confirm any claims of prior authorization. For example, as appropriate ask:

  • for some identification
  • the correct spelling of their name
  • a number where you can return their call
  • why they need this information
  • who has authorized this request so you may verify the authorization

If you are not authorized to provide the information they seek, offer to escort them to the correct person. Always seek assistance if you are unsure.

Social Engineering

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This CD-ROM was produced April 8, 2003
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