When cybercriminals launch social engineering attacks, they’re exploiting the psychological vulnerabilities of their victims. Phishing messages lure victims into clicking on dangerous links or downloading malware with coercive language. Other cyberattacks take advantage of victims’ curiosity by sending fake headlines, offers, and other information that’s calibrated to their interests. No matter what strategies cybercriminals deploy, they’re leveraging corruptible elements of human psychology to gain access and attack a company or organization.
This is why the key to effective cybersecurity awareness training (CSAT) lies in identifying these psychological susceptibilities and providing educational content to mitigate them. For example . . .