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Social Engineering : A study in awareness and measures

Svanlund, Joakim LU ; Kronberg, Björn LU and Jeppsson, Hampus LU (2015) SYSK02 20151
Department of Informatics
Abstract (Swedish)
In our technology-based society, there has been a clear focus on technical weaknesses to information security. This study will present another danger that is just as important to be aware of and is just as lethal, Social Engineering. This is an attack against the human element of security. This study covers a basic description of social engineering as well as a more thorough description of how the specific attacks are being performed. It also gives a short description on the factors that can make humans susceptible to manipulation and the possible impact that social engineering might have on an organisation. A research model is created using previous research. The study aims to determine Swedish production companies' perception of social... (More)
In our technology-based society, there has been a clear focus on technical weaknesses to information security. This study will present another danger that is just as important to be aware of and is just as lethal, Social Engineering. This is an attack against the human element of security. This study covers a basic description of social engineering as well as a more thorough description of how the specific attacks are being performed. It also gives a short description on the factors that can make humans susceptible to manipulation and the possible impact that social engineering might have on an organisation. A research model is created using previous research. The study aims to determine Swedish production companies' perception of social engineering and investigate what measures are being taken to prevent it. This is done through three qualitative interviews with IT professionals from Swedish production companies. Through our research, we have established that Swedish production companies have a good perception of social engineering and that the measures they take to protect themselves are in accordance with best practices. However, the companies put different emphasis on different measures and their view on social engineering’s potential impact differed. (Less)
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author
Svanlund, Joakim LU ; Kronberg, Björn LU and Jeppsson, Hampus LU
supervisor
organization
course
SYSK02 20151
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Social Engineering, Cybercrime, Information Security, Awareness, Measures
report number
INF15-046
language
English
id
5474076
date added to LUP
2015-08-31 13:46:08
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2015-08-31 13:46:08
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  abstract     = {In our technology-based society, there has been a clear focus on technical weaknesses to information security. This study will present another danger that is just as important to be aware of and is just as lethal, Social Engineering. This is an attack against the human element of security. This study covers a basic description of social engineering as well as a more thorough description of how the specific attacks are being performed. It also gives a short description on the factors that can make humans susceptible to manipulation and the possible impact that social engineering might have on an organisation. A research model is created using previous research. The study aims to determine Swedish production companies' perception of social engineering and investigate what measures are being taken to prevent it. This is done through three qualitative interviews with IT professionals from Swedish production companies. Through our research, we have established that Swedish production companies have a good perception of social engineering and that the measures they take to protect themselves are in accordance with best practices. However, the companies put different emphasis on different measures and their view on social engineering’s potential impact differed.},
  author       = {Svanlund, Joakim and Kronberg, Björn and Jeppsson, Hampus},
  keyword      = {Social Engineering,Cybercrime,Information Security,Awareness,Measures},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Social Engineering : A study in awareness and measures},
  year         = {2015},
}