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Social Engineering

The manipulation of people, rather than machines, to successfully breach the security systems of an enterprise or a consumer.

A social engineering attack is usually conducted by an outsider who will use a variety of psychological tricks on a computer user to get the information they need in order to access a computer or network. Do not get confused with the concept “outsider.” While the true outside hackers get the headlines, the far more prevalent form of social engineering in conducted by one employee on another employee.