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Source: InfoWorld - Posted by Pax Dickinson   
Security Properly trained staff, not technology, is the best protection against social engineering attacks on sensitive information, according to security consultant and celebrity hacker Kevin Mitnick.

"People are used to having a technology solution [but] social engineering bypasses all technologies, including firewalls," Mitnick said. "Technology is critical but we have to look at people and processes. Social engineering is a form of hacking that uses influence tactics."

During his keynote address at this year's Citrix iForum conference in Sydney Thursday, Mitnick said hackers are analyzing the "bigger picture" and are looking for the weakest link, which is "people like you and me".

"Why do hackers use social engineering? It's easier than exploiting a technology vulnerability," he said. "You can't go and download a Windows update for stupidity... or gullibility."

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