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


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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