Contemporary Cyber Security Social Engineering Solutions, Measures, Policies, Tools and Applications: A Critical Appraisal

, and . International Journal of Security (IJS) 10 (1): 1 - 15 (June 2019)


Social engineering is a major threat to organizations as more and more companies digitize operations and increase connectivity through the internet. After defining social engineering and the problems it presents, this study offers a critical review of existing protection measures, tools, and policies for organizations to combat cyber security social engineering. Through a systematic review of recent studies published on the subject, our analysis identifies the need to provide training for employees to ensure they understand the risks of social engineering and how best to avoid becoming a victim. Protection measures include awareness programs, training of non-technical staff members, new security networks, software usage, and security protocols to address social engineering threats.

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