We know what you’re thinking, but we’re talking about a different kind of tailgate!

Tailgating is when a social engineer tries to gain access to a physical location by tricking authorized persons into letting them in.

Common tailgating techniques include:

Following someone in

Pretending to have a delivery

Carrying large items

Claiming to have

forgotten their ID

Claiming an employee

invited them

Pretending to be

a custodian

How to respond:

If you see any of these, use your best judgement. For instance, it’s OK to hold the door for a known neighbor in your dorm, or a known coworker in your office. However, if you do not know someone who is attempting to enter a secured area, avoid contact and use a different entrance, if possible.