Thursday 3rd June 2021
Advice for RAF personnel on how to avoid social engineering:
We live in a digital society and it is common place to provide personal data or complete transactions online. Social engineers capitalise on this for financial gain.
What is social engineering?
Social engineering is the act of manipulating or deceiving somebody into a specific action with the intent of obtaining personal, financial or other confidential information. It involves impersonating an organisation or individual who is trusted by the target, such as; banks, government departments, IT support providers or parcel delivery firms.
How is it perpetrated?
Social engineering can be carried out via emails, texts, direct messages, social media posts, phone calls and even face-to-face. Attacks can be simple as one text message directing the recipient to a fraudulent but authentic-looking
website, or more complex using multiple co-ordinated approaches.
How to avoid social engineering?
The Air Cyber and Information Services Operation Centre and getsafeonline.org have created a ‘top tips’ guide to avoid social engineering specifically for RAF personnel and their families. Download the Get Safe Online: Social engineering guide here.