CISSP Practice question #51

A pen tester calling an employee and explains how they are the CEO’s executive assistant and they need to do what they are told is:
A: Authority.
B: Intimidation.
C: Scarcity.
D: Familiarity.

CBK 6: Security Assessment and Testing
Source: practice tests


A: Social engineering uses people skills to bypass security controls. Authority (someone you trust or are afraid of) – Look and sound like an authority figure, be in charge, this can be in a uniform or a suit. Most effective with impersonation, whaling, and vishing attacks.

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