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Cybersecurity Tip of the Week – Piggybacking: Physical Social Engineering

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When discussing social engineering, or the art of human manipulation, we usually are talking about phishing emails. However, there is another form that you need to be aware of and cautious about. Piggybacking, or tailgating, is a technique to gain physical access to restricted areas by following a person that has access. 

Tailgaiting most often occurs when an employee holds the door for another person out of politeness. Not that we want everyone to be rude, but all reasonable people can understand that we cannot sacrifice security for politeness. It is OK to question the need for a person’s access to a building, floor, lab, or department. If you see a suspicious  individual loitering or trying to gain access to UTHSC resources, Campus Police can back you up by calling them at 448-4444.