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The Human Factor in Cybersecurity: Addressing Social Engineering and Insider Threats

EasyChair Preprint no. 11611

8 pagesDate: December 23, 2023


In the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity, technological advancements continue to fortify systems against external threats. However, the human element remains a pivotal factor susceptible to exploitation, manifesting through social engineering and insider threats. This paper investigates the multifaceted dimensions of human vulnerabilities within cybersecurity frameworks, focusing on social engineering tactics and insider risks. Social engineering tactics leverage psychological manipulation to deceive individuals into divulging sensitive information or performing actions that compromise security. Understanding the psychological triggers and cognitive biases exploited in these attacks is crucial to fortifying defenses. It encompasses intentional or unintentional actions that jeopardize security, ranging from negligence to malicious intent. Identifying indicators, such as behavioral patterns and access anomalies, can aid in preemptive measures against potential insider threats. Additionally, fostering a positive work environment and implementing robust access controls are instrumental in mitigating these risks. This paper delves into case studies and industry best practices to illustrate the real-world implications of social engineering and insider threats. Furthermore, it explores technological solutions, such as artificial intelligence and behavior analytics, augmenting traditional security measures to detect and prevent human-centric cyber risks.

Keyphrases: Cybersecurity, Insider Threats, Social Engineering

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  author = {Lee Kasowaki and Orhan Yusef},
  title = {The Human Factor in Cybersecurity: Addressing Social Engineering and Insider Threats},
  howpublished = {EasyChair Preprint no. 11611},

  year = {EasyChair, 2023}}
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