This publication has been reprinted with permission from Taylor & Francis Group LLC and was originally published in EDPACS, Volume 53, Issue 4, 2016
Hackers can be anyone—in the grocery store, in your workplace, or they might even live next door. The reason they can be so discreet is because of social engineering, or human manipulation to gain what they desire. By plying on the human need for trust and acceptance, social engineers utilize influence tactics to gain information and access, which can be devastating for financial losses, stolen intellectual property and an irreparable reputation. This can affect not only the individual person but also businesses and corporations.