Social Engineering, the #1 Cyber Security Threat
Social engineering powers attacks including spear phishing, business email compromise and ransomware
What Is Social Engineering?
Social engineering attacks, which rely on human interaction and fraudulent behavior to trick people, are the fastest growing security threat for enterprises today.
While traditional attacks leverage technology-based system vulnerabilities, such as software bugs and misconfigurations, social engineering attacks take advantage of human vulnerabilities by using deception to trick targeted victims into performing harmful actions.
Examples of social engineering attacks, which are typically launched via email, include phishing, spear phishing, trojans and Business Email Compromise (BEC). According to the FBI, BEC scams have resulted in losses of $3.1 billion as of May 2016.
Social Engineering-based Scams
Social Engineering Webinars
Social Engineering Survey Highlights
Agari has worked with ISMG to survey over 200 enterprises to better understand the prevalence of social engineering attacks on organizations, what financial and non-financial toll these attacks are exacting on organizations, their partners and customers and then to determine the most effective controls for defending against these targeted strikes.
View the full report.
Social Engineering Resources
Understanding Social Engineering Based Scams
EDITED BY MARKUS JAKOBSSON
Markus Jakobsson, Chief Scientist at Agari, has released a new book on social engineering schemes. In Understanding Social Engineering Based Scams, Markus profiles today’s most common schemes, forecasts some future trends, and provides guidance to help organizations build effective countermeasures.
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Agari’s Social Engineering Solution
Agari Enterprise Protect is the only solution that verifies trusted email identities based on insight into 10 billion emails per day to stop advanced email threats that use social engineering, such as spear phishing and business email compromise.
“With the adoption of Agari Enterprise Protect, we are enhancing our employees’ overall trust level in their email, taking the safety and security of our members, clients and employees to the next level.”
– Jim Routh, CSO, Aetna