April 17, 2012
Several recent high profile security breaches in higher education have been the result of hackers. Other recent intrusions require less technical skill and are the result of social engineering.
What is social engineering?
“Social engineering” is the term for manipulating people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. Social engineering typically refers to using deception for the purpose of information gathering, fraud, or computer system access. In most cases the attacker never comes face-to-face with the victims.
How can you prevent a social engineering breach at UF? A good place to start–for both new and long-time employees–is by visiting the UF Privacy Office Web site. The Privacy Office maintains a list of university units approved to use, collect, and/or disclose Social Security numbers. Contact UF’s Privacy Office if you have any questions.
Check out the Simple Things to do to Keep Safe section on UFIT’s Information Security Web site homepage for easy steps you can take to protect both your personal and university information.