How to Protect Organizational Data from Malicious Social Engineers

When an organization is attacked, the first thought that comes to our mind is that the malicious hackers are computer wizards with technical knowledge to break into computer systems. However, most attackers exploit well-meaning and unsuspecting staff members who unknowingly give them access to computer systems. Enterprises should, therefore, come up with ways of protecting organizational data from both attackers who use technical skills to access confidential data and those who psychologically exploit employees, and X-PHY® could be used as the last line of defense.

In the triad diagram of the People-Process-Technology, the people is the weakest link that attackers utilize to gain access to critical and confidential organizational data. According to HelpNet Security data, more than 43% of individuals from the U.S. and U.K. have had their organizations in jeopardizing situations regarding confidential data being stolen as a result of their errors committed through falling gullible for social engineering attacks. Social engineering, in simple terms, refers to the manipulation of people based on psychology and driving them to perform actions that result in the exposure of confidential data to malicious individuals who disguise themselves as legitimate individuals with pure intentions. On average, at least one cyber threat takes place every 39 seconds, and social engineering is one of the most used methods to perpetuate the attacks on individuals, given they are the weakest link to an organization’s security because of the emotional nature of human beings.

Storage disks are vulnerable to a variety of cybersecurity threats, including social engineering attacks that may appear not feasible under normal circumstances. This is why robust protection in terms of both firmware level and silicon level are required to make sure that such threats are reduced to a large extent. Through the acts of multiple malicious and unregistered microcode creation, the acts of hackers facilitated by the social engineering can be launched in the SSD, and this leads to bypassing of the SSD defense protocols. In the process, the device’s firmware will be affected greatly. At the silicon level, social engineering attacks can be perpetrated if poor quality materials are used in the manufacture of the chips.

The introduction of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the manufacture of the X-PHY® will bring in an additional level of security that cannot be easily bypassed by social engineers even after they maliciously gain access to the hardware. The incorporation of AI-enabled security in X-PHY® ensures defense against ransomware, phishing, MitM, password, and other unknown software and hardware attacks. The revolutionary cybersecurity attributes block the gateway of cyber-threats to enhance the data protection facility inside the devices. With the AI solution, the device’s firmware level will be able to detect data anomalies in patterns of access. Again, the hardware sensors will be able to provide protection in real-time and also prevent physical attacks when the data is at rest or in motion. The X-PHY® security mechanism meets four of the critical criteria for security in terms of AI in low-level programming, real-time security monitoring, hardware security, and firmware digital signature.

In summary, social engineering is a common cybersecurity threat in the technological era of today, and the vice is continuously rising as time goes by. Social engineering attackers are always finding ways to stay ahead of corporate employees and individuals to lead them into unknowingly giving out sensitive data that will be used maliciously by their attackers. Because evidence shows that social engineering is on the rise going towards 2025, enterprises need to be careful about the kinds of security protocols they incorporate in their operations to protect them against cyber-attacks such as social engineering.

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