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International Journal of Information Privacy, Security and Integrity
International Journal of Information Privacy, Security and Integrity (2018)
  • James Stewart
  • Maurice Dawson
Abstract
Research on cyber security related to social engineering has expanded from its purely technological orientation into explaining the role of human behavior in detecting deception. 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 behavior decision theory (Kamis, 2011). This quantitative, 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.
Keywords
  • deception susceptibility,
  • social engineering personality traits,
  • social engineering,
  • behavior modification,
  • cyber-attack,
  • risk management,
  • decision theory
Publication Date
2018
Citation Information
James Stewart and Maurice Dawson. "International Journal of Information Privacy, Security and Integrity" International Journal of Information Privacy, Security and Integrity Vol. 3 Iss. 3 (2018) p. 187 - 208 ISSN: 1741-8496
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/maurice_dawson/62/