Five Social Engineering Trends to Watch for 2021

By Stu Sjouwerman

March 24, 2021

Most attacks rely on some form of social engineering for execution because they exploit human curiosity, desire, anxiety, eagerness, and urgency.

- Stu Sjouwerman,  CEO of KnowBe4

#1  Consent phishing on the rise

Post Covid-19, more and more businesses are moving their workloads to the cloud, and attackers are coming up with ingenious ways to hijack data stored in the cloud. So-called ‘consent phishing’ is one such variant of social engineering...

#2 Business Email Compromise gets costlier

The FBI considers business email compromise (BEC) a.k.a. email account compromise, as one of the most damaging online financial crimes. This is another social engineering attack where cybercriminals impersonate a trusted business contact...

#3 Deepfakes create deeper challenges

While social media enthusiasts use deepfake videos as a form of entertainment, hackers and cybercriminals see this as an opportunity to manipulate information, destroy credibility and impersonate trusted sources...

#4 Nation-state attackers with social engineering in their arsenal

Data is the new oil and that’s why rogue nations are consistently upping their ante in cyberwarfare. Whether it’s stealing Covid-19 research or reconnaissance on high-value targets, state-sponsored attacks are growing fast...

#5 Expanding Phishing-as-a-Service market

From ransomware attacks to malware infections stemming from people clicking on bogus URLs, fake websites, and malicious attachments, phishing is one of the most common and most potent forms of social engineering attacks...

User awareness is no longer optional – it’s a strategic imperative

Five Social Engineering Trends to Watch for 2021