Social Engineering

Social Engineering addresses a non-technical kind of intrusion; it relies heavily on human interaction and often involves tricking other people into breaking normal security procedures.

Social engineering usually involves some wheeze to try and gain the confidence of an individual who has access to target information.

Other techniques involve:

  • Searching refuse bins (dustbin diving)
  • Shoulder surfing (looking over someone’s shoulder to see and memorise passwords or access codes
  • Taking advantage of people’s natural inclination to choose passwords that are meaningful to them but be easily guessed.