Social Engineering: The Biggest Risk to Internet Security
It is far easier to get vital information from a person than it is to extract it from a well organized and protected computer system. That's seems like a fantastic statement, but it is absolutely true. If a complete security architecture is deployed, maintained and followed, then it is very difficult to penetrate systems. But humans are another problem entirely.
Absolute faith in a security system can ultimately be its greatest weakness, as people grow accustomed to it and fail to hold up their end of the bargain. Every wall has a gate through which people can walk; conventional hacking involves breaking this gate down. Social engineering is getting the gate keepers to wave you past with a smile on their faces. Social Engineering: The Biggest Risk to Internet Security | Tom's Hardware UK and Ireland
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