Discover the definition of the term Social Engineering presented by Les Assises de la Cybersécurité.

SOCIAL ENGINEERING

Often referred to as “hacking the human mind”, social engineering is the art of manipulation. A successful attack will trick the victim into revealing sensitive information that would have been difficult, if not impossible, to collect through a purely technical attack. Social engineering thus makes it possible to collect passwords over the phone or by email to access protected systems, or to be authorized access to a protected perimeter thanks to a good excuse and a lot of preparation (and the unfortunate click of a user on a link). It exploits the confidence, ignorance or gullibility of the victim. Some experts specialize in this type of approach.

Contrary to what one might believe, trepanation cannot be considered a form of “hacking the human mind”.

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