Do you really know who you're talking to?

"Social Engineering". This curious, harmless sounding term refers to perfidious modes of communication, which constitute a threat to the important intellectual capital of businesses worldwide.

This involves the cunning and professional manipulation of human strengths and weaknesses, through which a company's internal compliance rules, codes of practice and other rules of conduct can be effortlessly undermined by social engineers.

The majority of attacks begin with the use of fake identities in the private sphere, at conferences, on trips, as well as via the usual social media. The individual bits of information gathered in this way make up the pieces of a puzzle, whose solution can be used for further activities (e.g. information theft, breaking and entering, burglary, sabotage etc.).