Social Engineering

Social engineering is a type of information security attack that relies heavily on human interaction, tricking users or manipulating people into revealing confidential and sensitive information.

Malicious e-mails, or phishing, is most common type of social engineering attack

Below is an example of social engineering red flags in an email:


Non-E-Mail Social Engineering Attackers:

•    Pretexting:  is when someone calls an employee and pretends to be someone in power, such as the CIO

•    Vishing: just like phishing, but instead done over the phone.

•    Smishing: Attackers send SMS messages and attempt to acquire personal information or send the user to a website with malware.

•    Baiting: exploits the human's curiosity, such as a leaving USB drive lying around and hoping someone will pick it up and insert into a PC, and gaining access to confidential                information 

•    Shoulder surfing: A person looks over your shoulder to obtain personal information, such as a password, or a PIN at an ATM.

•    Tailgating: An attacker will seek entry to a restricted area by closely following behind someone with legitimate access.

•    Water holing: An attacker identifies a website or websites that a user or a group of users often visit, and hackers probes the target website for weaknesses to inject malicious code that infects a visitor’s system.

•    Dumpster diving: An attacker goes through the garbage to try to find sensitive information.


New E-Book, Georgia Parks and Natural Resources: A Guide For Educators, now available

Cover Image for E-book

An informative e-book, Georgia Parks and Natural Resources: A Guide For Educators, by Dr. Chris Greer, is now available as a free download.

Dr. Greer, a Professor of Instructional Technology at Georgia College in Milledgeville, worked closely with DNR's Office of Information Technology and Parks Division for over a year and a half to create this informative book.

This interactive downloadable E-book book takes a look at the incredible natural resources that can be found throughout the state of Georgia. 

Concentrating primarily on science and history, this media-rich book takes the reader inside various parks with text, images, and videos featuring scientists and interpretive rangers. 

The content is an excellent supplement to material that is being covered within K-12 classrooms across the state of Georgia.

Right now, the Georgia Parks and Natural Resources: A Guide For Educators e-book is available only download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. A version for Android and PC devices is forthcoming.

Example page in E-BookMulti-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Macintosh computer or iOS device. Books with interactive features may work best on an iOS device. 

To view this book, you must have an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, or an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

For more information, please visit this link: