How the modification of personality traits leave one vulnerable to manipulation in social engineering
by James Stewart; Maurice Dawson
International Journal of Information Privacy, Security and Integrity (IJIPSI), Vol. 3, No. 3, 2018

Abstract: Research on cyber security related to social engineering has expanded from its purely technological orientation into explaining the role of human behaviour in detecting deception (Workman, 2007). In the broadest definition, social engineering, in the context of information security, is the manipulation of individuals to perform actions that cause harm or increase the probability of causing future harm. Human personality traits significantly contribute to the probability that an individual is susceptible to manipulation related to social engineering deception attacks and exploits (Maurya, 2013). The outcome of the attacks and objective is the alteration of normal and rational decision making as described in behaviour decision theory (Kamis, 2011). This quantitative and non-experimental study determined what makes an individual based on personality traits predisposed to social engineering treats in the context of susceptibility to deception manipulation and exploitation.

Online publication date: Wed, 30-May-2018

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