In an extract from his forthcoming book, Mathieu Gorge explains why CEOs and board members are good targets for hackers and social engineers.
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I am often asked this question: “Are hackers just not targeting systems and IT users with specific privileges?”
It’s important to understand that these people are not only powerful within their own business but also potentially within a wider industry. Their knowledge of trade secrets, interaction between various lines of business, human resources and key staff, internal policies, security setups, and strategies make them good targets because that knowledge can be exploited by malicious users—internal users as well as external hackers.
In addition, the blur between digital life and real life makes it impossible for key people to
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