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Re: Social Engineering
From: theanathema.at.gmail.com () securityfocus com
Date: 4 Jan 2006 18:59:34 -0000

Social Engineering is a human flaw, not a system flaw. As far as what products minimize/prevent social engineering - 
The only thing that can really help is training. There are many (read: thousands) companies that provide personnel 
training services.

As you specifically mention Mitnick, you obviously are familiar with his particular texts on the subject. I recommend 
that you start there. Research his company, visit some sites like astalavista.com, etc... You can find 
psudo-underground texts walking you through some of the finer points of social engineering there.

As to programs that tell you if a particular person works at a particular company - that is up to the company to 
install, and instruct the employees to use. Most companies have a central employee listing available in some for to 
current employees. I would guess something like 1:10^-5 employees actually use this kind of resource in daily 
operations to combat social engineering.

Cheers,
Joshua

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