New Cyber Attack Techniques Will Not Replace Old-School Social Engineering



Social Engineering Old-School Cyber AttackEven though there are new attack types for cybercriminals, they are still leveraging old-school attack vectors. Why? Because they still work.

I cover new attack methods all the time, with recent examples including a sophisticated phishing campaign impersonating Microsoft and an attack last month targeting the Ukrainian military. Even though cybercriminals have been known to use advanced technologies such as ChatGPT and artificial intelligence (AI), there are still several reported attacks that are very basic and successful.

With old methods, bad actors can implement automation using these new technologies to pull off simple attacks even quicker and easier than before. They are also using AI to implement deepfake cyber attacks. All it takes is user credentials and social engineering to enter your organization's network. 

These attacks take advantage of one common theme - human behavior. By using common social engineering tactics that rely on human error, threat actors will continue to be successful in execution. A hacker may be thinking, "Why would I want to launch a new and complex attack when the old method works all the same?"

The only way to defend against any type of socially engineered attack is through new-school security awareness training. With continual end-user education your users can have all the resources they need to report any malicious activity, no matter how simple or complex the attack method.   

KnowBe4 enables your workforce to make smarter security decisions every day. Over 65,000 organizations worldwide trust the KnowBe4 platform to strengthen their security culture and reduce human risk.

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