Exploiting human vulnerabilities remains one of the most effective means of furthering fraud schemes. Through social engineering tactics, fraudsters obtain sensitive information or gain access to organizations’ networks in order to inflict damage on the way to their own personal financial gains.
In this course, you will learn about how and why social engineering scams work, from the psychological aspects to the nuts and bolts of common methods and schemes. In addition, the course will discuss strategies for defending against social engineering schemes and utilizing social engineering tactics to identify organizational vulnerabilities.
- Types of social engineering fraud schemes
- Red flags of social engineering schemes
- Strategies for preventing social engineering attacks
- Methods for using social engineering as a tool
- Ethical and legal considerations of using social engineering techniques
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You Will Learn How To:
- Relate human personality traits to social engineering schemes that seek to exploit vulnerabilities
- Identify effective strategies for preventing social engineering attacks
- Recognize tactics of social engineers and red flags associated with social engineering schemes
- Distinguish applications of social engineering techniques by fraudsters and fraud examiners
ADVANCED PREPARATION: NONE
FIELD OF STUDY: SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE
LAST UPDATED: JANUARY 2020
DELIVERY METHOD: QAS SELF-STUDY
Table of Contents:
Lesson 1: What Is Social Engineering?
Lesson 2: How Does Social Engineering Work?
Lesson 3: Social Engineering Schemes
Lesson 4: Defending Against Social Engineering
Lesson 5: Social Engineering as a Tool
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