There are various ways social engineering can be prevented within an organization. Training should be provided to the employees about social engineering and commonly used tactics.
Social engineering awareness should be presented in the form of storytelling, as it is much easier to understand than technical flaws. Usually, the social awareness program should start from the person at the gate, than the one at the reception and then the staff. Social awareness programs should be updated and fresh.
Tips for defending against social engineering
Train and train again when it comes to security awareness.
An organization should ensure that there is an effective security awareness training program in place. Which should be up-to-date and address both the general phishing threats and the new targeted cyber-threats.
Provide a detailed briefing “roadshow” on the latest online fraud techniques to key staff.
An organization should include the senior executives, including the one who is responsible for wire transfer and financial transaction. The employees or lower-level staff should be involved in the training, who usually gets fooled into believing an executive is asking them to perform a particular task in a specific period.
Review existing processes, procedures and separation of duties for financial transfers
Reviewing the existing process, procedures, and separation of duties for financial removal is necessary. Add control in case it is weak. The insider threats can compromise the separation of responsibilities and protection, so it is vital to reanalyze the risk review.
Delete any request for personal information and password
The employee should have enough knowledge not to provide any information on a phone call or email. They should be trained about scams.
Reject requests for help r offers to help
One of the common techniques the social engineers use is by providing for help or will request your assistance with information. So the employees should research about the sender before committing to sending them anything.
Set the spam filter to high
There is a spam filter option in emails, so keeping the spam filter high can also help in preventing social engineering. Go to the setting, set them too high to avoid risky message flooding in your inbox.
Secure the devices
Organizations need to install, maintain and update your anti-virus software, firewall and email filters. It is better to keep the auto-update of all the devices open.