Social engineering penetration test is a technique used by ethical hackers to test the social engineering tactics on an organization’s employees to understand the security posture and where the vulnerabilities lie and how to explore them from a cyber intruder perspective. This technique is engineered with the knowledge of the organization as a skilled professional will pose as an attacker to study the security loopholes and to assess the user’s awareness regarding malicious emails and links.
Why You Need Social Engineering Penetration Testing?
Social engineering is a cybersecurity threat that the businesses are prone to. There are various methods of social engineering that are becoming to be more successful attempts to accomplish data loss or to generate revenue by the cybercriminals. Human error is proven to be the reason for the success of many cyber incidents within an organization.
Social Engineering Penetration testing has two types. They are;
1. Off-site Social Engineering Attacks
Off-site social engineering attacks occur mainly via the following methods; i. Voice Phishing or Vishing – This method of social engineering occurs through phone calls. The caller attempts to obtain sensitive information such as PIN details or bank account credentials from the victim. ii. Email Phishing – In this method, the hacker sends phishing emails to lure people to click on malicious emails, links or download attachments leading to data theft or online fraud. iii. SMS Phishing or Smishing – In this method, the scam occurs via text messages. Hackers send out text messages with payment links or so, in an attempt to steal user information or commit theft.
2. On-site Social Engineering Attacks
On-site social engineering attacks occur mainly via the following methods; i. Tailgating – This method is employed to bypass the security challenges physically. In any office premises, there would be standard security measures where the employees must have a unique ID and passcode to enter and leave the office premises. Tailgating method is where an unauthorized person gains entry inside the office premises by simply following a person who has access and gaining entry. ii. Impersonation – In this method, the attacker claims to be an authenticated user by being in disguise. iii. Dumpster Diving – In this method, the attacker thoroughly checks through the user’s belongings to gain personal information of a particular person in an organization. iv. USB Drops – In this method, the malicious pen-drive and USB sticks are left in the work environment as bait. The USB would contain malicious content which when plugged in by any user, then paves the way for cybercriminals to copy confidential files.
In order to keep your organization safe and secure from the above hacking methodologies, Social Engineering Penetration testing is mandatory.
Key Benefits of Social Engineering Penetration Testing?
Avoid Security Breaches – Identify the organizational vulnerabilities and mitigate them before a breach occurs.
Improves security by bringing remedial measures to tighten your organizational information security plan.
Detailed report of the vulnerabilities and security flaws are provided.
Simulated social engineering attack puts a new perspective of your organization’s security flaws.
Education and Cyber security awareness to your employees that will make them familiar with social engineering attacks.
It gives a real-time assertion of how much employees adhere to company security policies.
What Teceze’s Social Engineering Penetration Testing Offers to Your Business?
Teceze’s Social Engineering Penetration testing educates your employees about how social engineering attacks are carried out and implementing and maintaining appropriate security controls to mitigate them, is critical. Our service provides a basis on which to highlight issues with operating procedures and to develop targeted staff awareness training.
This penetration testing makes you understand the following;
Identify the amount of information available online about your organization that can easily be accessed by an attacker.
Evaluate how susceptible your employees are to social engineering attacks.
Determine the effectiveness of your information security policy and your cyber security controls at identifying and preventing social engineering attacks.
Develop a targeted awareness training programme.
Our Social Engineering Penetration testing comprises of the following actions;
Step 1: Defining the Scope
Step 2: Identify the Attack medium
Step 3: Perform the Penetration Testing
Step 4: Documenting the Findings and Preparing the Report
Step 5: Providing Insights for a Better Information Security Program
Teceze’s social engineering penetration testing provides you with an insight into the level of security awareness and process adherence within your organization.
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