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Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences >> Call for Papers Vol. 8 No. 3, March 2017

Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences

Social Engineering: Managing the Human Element of Information Security in the Organization

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Author Macharia Kiama and Elisha Abade
ISSN 2079-8407
On Pages 343-349
Volume No. 7
Issue No. 8
Issue Date September 1, 2016
Publishing Date September 1, 2016
Keywords social engineering, human element, information security, attack methods, personality traits.


Abstract

In any organization securing the hardware, software and firmware is relatively easy; it is the human factor that causes security experts the biggest challenge. The human element is usually the weakest link in the security chain. Even with the advancement of technology over time, security has eluded us because the silicon based products have to interface with carbon-based units. This paper explores various social engineering attack methods, factors that make the attacks successful, motives behind the attacks and also gives recommendations on how the social engineering threat level can be reduced. The study was conducted within an insurance company.
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