Thursday, July 21, 2011

While software companies are learning how to strengthen their programs

Posted by OurTech Team | Thursday, July 21, 2011 | Category: |

While software companies are learning how to strengthen their programs, hackers and
malicious social engineers are turning to the weakest part of the infrastructure—the people. Their
motivation is all about return on investment (ROI); no self-respecting hacker is going to spend 100 hours
to get the same results from a simple attack that takes one hour, or less.
The sad result in the end is that no way exists to be 100% secure—unless you unplug all electronic
devices and move to the mountains. Because that isn’t too practical, nor is it a lot of fun, this book
discusses ways to become more aware and educated about the attacks out there and then outlines
methods that you can use to protect against them. My motto is “security through education.” Being
educated is one of the only surefire ways to remain secure against the increasing threats of social
engineering and identity theft. Kaspersky Labs, a leading provider of antivirus and protection software,
estimated that more than 100,000 malware samples were spread through social networks in 2009. In a
recent report, Kaspersky estimated that “attacks against social networks are 10 times more successful”
than other types of attacks.
The old hacker adage, “knowledge is power” does apply here. The more knowledge and
understanding one has of the dangers and threats of social engineering each consumer and business can
have and the more each attack scenario is dissected, the easier it will be to protect from, mitigate, and
stop these attacks. That is where the power of all this knowledge will come in.

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