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Mitigation of Social Engineering Attacks in Corporate America by Kevin C. Redmon on 13/01/06

The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines social engineering as “management of human beings in accordance with their place and function in society : applied social science” [18]. This is the glorified, politically correct definition that seems to liken social engineers with chemists, doctors, and mathematicians. An alternative definition that many computer-centric websites reference is the Jargon File definition – “Term used among crackers for cracking techniques that rely on weaknesses in wetware rather than software; the aim is to trick people into revealing passwords or other information that compromises a target system's security.” [19] This jargon-rich definition is difficult for the layman to understand. The layman’s definition, and by far the most succinct yet also the most accurate, is “old-fashioned manipulation” [4],[8]. Whatever definition is attached to the term, the result is the same - social engineering is one of the biggest security issues faced by corporations today.

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