Phishing, smishing -- why everyone needs to know social engineering jargon

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Social engineering targets human fallibility — flaws in human reasoning. That’s why training and knowledge is key.

But training courses often avoid jargon. That’s a mistake when it comes to social engineering attacks.

The reason is that the definitions of these terms contain within them the methods. To know the words is to expect the attacks — or recognize them when they occur. It’s time to integrate the learning and memorization of social engineering jargon into every security training session. By learning these words cold, employees will also learn to avoid falling prey to social engineering attacks.

Here’s your vocabulary list. There WILL be a test.