Hackers pay attention to the psychology of security. “The art of deception” is no longer art. It is now a science that can be explained through cause and effect.

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The notion of “psychology of security” is often a foreign concept to IT professionals, yet they all acknowledge that users are the biggest challenge. When hackers are unsuccessful at exploiting technical vulnerabilities, they turn their attention towards users. They scan for responses to psychological triggers and cognitive patterns that can be easily exploited. We think of these as pre-conceived ideas and heuristic patterns that are associated with risk vulnerability and decision making.