Beware of the telephone

Thursday, 2 October 2003, 2:26 PM EST

I recently attended a presentation by Kevin Mitnick, the infamous and reformed hacker and president of Defensive Thinking, a consulting and training company aimed at helping clients prevent information theft. His topic was social engineering, a concept focused on what Mitnick considers to be the weakest link in corporate infrastructure security—human beings.

According to Mitnick, too few companies have stringent security governance policies and procedures in place. Information is not valued, and most employees—besides receiving e-mails from the IT department about this virus or that—are clueless as to the real threats of damaging security breaches.

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