PERSUADED: Fighting Social Engineering Attacks with a Serious Game

Aladawy, D.; Beckers, K. and Pape, S.

In Trust, Privacy and Security in Digital Business - 15th International Conference, TrustBus 2018, Regensburg, Germany, September 5-6, 2018, Proceedings, Springer, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 11033, 2018, ISBN 978-3-319-98384-4, Acceptance rate: 15 / 29 = 51.7%.


Social engineering is the clever manipulation of the human element to acquire information assets. While technical security of most critical systems is high, the systems remain vulnerable to attacks from social engineers. The challenge in defeating social engineering is that it is a deceptive process that exploits human beings. Methods employed in social engineering do not differ much from those used to perform traditional fraud. This implies the applicability of defense mechanisms against the latter to the context of social engineering. Taking this problem into consideration, we designed a serious game that trains people against social engineering using defense mechanisms of social psychology. The results of our empirical evaluation of the game indicate that the game is able to raise awareness for social engineering in an entertaining way.

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