Understand, avoid and react to a social engineering attack


The Restena Foundation has published a tip sheet on social engineering attacks, part of its awareness-raising activities on IT security issues.

Soberly entitled 'Social Engineering Attacks', the tip sheet published in October 2021 by the Restena Foundation concludes Restena's involvement in the European Cyber Security Month on an editorial note. On 14 October 2021, it co-organised, together with the University of Luxembourg, the fourth annual CyberDay.lu, the cybersecurity event for research and education in Luxembourg. There were shared many valuable recommendations and information.

Focus on social engineering

The tip sheet is available in French and English. It explains social engineering and provides information on the main techniques for collecting information and the main attack scenarios. It also advises on how to avoid and react to a social engineering attack.  

Published as part of the awareness-raising activities on IT security issues led out by its CSIRT, the IT security incident response team dedicated to the research and education sectors in Luxembourg, it is added to the three existing sheets. The latter deal with how to react when a cyberattack occurs, the importance of having a strong password and the growing and invasive phenomenon of spam and phishing messages.

A broader European campaign with GÉANT

The 'Social Engineering Attacks' tip sheet is an awareness-raising tool for research and education stakeholders in Luxembourg. The latter can also rely on the campaign carried out throughout October by the European association GÉANT, which manages the pan-European research network of which Restena is a member. For a month, the association focused on home working. In research and education, as in many other sectors of activity, home working has assumed increasing importance since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

Under the slogan "Cyber Hero @ Home", the campaign focused on four different themes that resulted in awareness posters - initially written in English, and translated into 18 languages, including Luxembourgish, by members of the GÉANT Association.

  • Be aware of cybercrime 
  • Protect your network 
  • Protect your devices
  • Protect your identity

Articles, blogs, videos and webinars from European experts in the research and education community have also been included in the CONNECT website over the weeks. All ressources are available on the dedicated page: https://connect.geant.org/csm2021.