So what is it really? Social Engineering is the act of exploiting a personâ€™s natural tendency to trust another person or entity. Because the vulnerability exists within people, there is no truly effective method for remediation. That is not to say that you cannot protect your sensitive data, but it is to say that you cannot always prevent your people or even yourself from being successfully conned.
The core ingredients required to perform a successful confidence trick are no different today then they were before the advent of the Internet. The con artist must have the victimâ€™s trust, and then trick the victim into performing an action or divulging information.