Although the use of cloud computing is growing day by day, a lot of organizations are concerned about the issue of security. There have been some major security issues in the past because hackers have been able to get into various systems and take some sensitive information such as bank details, health records, and more. Social engineering is a style of hacking where the social engineer (SE) tries to trick someone into divulging sensitive information such as login credentials, credit card numbers, or a social security number. There are many social engineering techniques, including phishing and impersonating a person or website. Indeed, these people are wise for thinking they don’t need to go through the rigors of hacking with the use of computers because they can always ask for their target’s password and ease their way in. The managed service providers (MSP) make sure the infrastructure is secure and there’s no chance of any information leaking out.
Different Social Engineering Attack Vectors you must be aware of:-
• A phishing email is an email sent from the hackers that contain malicious code that is designed to steal information from you. The malicious code is activated when you click a link inside the phishing email. Phishing emails are specifically designed to entice the victim to click and the hacker will use many different tactics to get them to do so.
• Similar to phishing, smishing is when a SE tries to steal a victim’s information by sending them a malicious text message. The text message contains a link that will automatically download malicious software or try to get the victim to download a malicious app onto their device.
• In-person phishing is the ultimate hacking tactic in the tool belt of the social engineer. Typically, the hacker will attempt to insert a USB drive into a computer or device that’s hooked up to your company’s network. The USB drive could contain software which automatically activates once it’s plugged in. Once the USB drive is plugged into a computer on your system, it could deploy a keystroke logger, a virus, download everything on your network, ransomware, or more. The threat of a successful malicious cyber incursion lies with a single employee unknowingly falling victim to a social engineering attack.
There are many ways that social engineering may happen but the most common can be quite surprising. Sometimes, a social engineer simply asks for or a password and if one does not realize the dangers brought about by divulging the password, it could easily be given. Others try to talk to people who are close to the one being hacked. Or some simply use persuasion in getting their targets to give them their passwords. Of course, when the hacker has someone’s password, anything can happen. That’s why it is always recommended to have security measures in place to ensure that the network is free of Internet threats. Cloud computing continues to be one of the safest methods of computing around. Each and every day, managed service providers (MSP) work hard to ensure that safety compromises are kept to a minimum.