31 Oct '11, 6pm

Canadian Security Service's Warnings About Last Year's Cyberattacks Apparently Ignored

After receiving constant warnings and exhortations to be careful (Did you know that October was National Cyber Security Awareness Month ?), people tend to tune such warnings out, especially if nothing happens. So when a social engineering attack is launched, employees may not be on their guard or may get sloppy in following required IT security practices. In the Canadian situation, for example, government personnel were found not to be following the mandated IT security requirements. A story today in the Wall Street Journal coincidentally focuses the increasing use of social engineering techniques to break into IT systems as opposed to the more direct route. A reason given is that technologically-based computer security is getting better in many organizations, thus making "schmoozing" a more cost effective approach to hack into a government or commercial system. Of course,...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/riskfactor/telecom/security/cana...

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