Security awareness still a problem even in enterpise IT organizations

Via Network World,

Social engineering hackers — people who trick employees into doing and saying things that they shouldn’t — took their best shot at the Fortune 500 during a contest at Defcon Friday and showed how easy it is to get people to talk, if only you tell the right lie.

Contestants got IT staffers at major corporations, including Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Apple and Shell, to give up all sorts of information that could be used in a computer attack, including what browser and version number they were using (the first two companies called Friday were using IE6), what software they use to open pdf documents, their operating system and service pack number, their mail client, the antivirus software they use, and even the name of their local wireless network.

Now I would understand the ease with which social engineering would work with non-IT workers. But this contest was focused on IT workers whom you would think are more security conscious. But I guess after the Robin Sage story, I am not surprised.