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UCS8012 Social Engineering Cyber Attacks

Units : 0.25
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Social engineering is a common technique employed by cyber criminals. It uses deception to manipulate people into divulging information or taking action that can be exploited by cyber attackers for nefarious purposes. This minicourse provides a deep dive into what social engineering is, how it is executed, and why it is effective.

The minicourse applies a people-centred lens on social engineering to help students understand how human behaviour and psychological patterns can be exploited by cyber attackers. Students will learn about the structure of social engineering attacks - in particular, phishing and spear phishing attacks - and how these attacks can be interrupted. Understanding the threat, why it is so effective and how it can be mitigated is critical to reducing and managing risk. Real world examples from multiple industries are used to illustrate key principles.

Date printed 10 February 2023