What is Social Engineering?

Social Engineering is the art of manipulating users into disclosing sensitive information or installing malicious software into your environment.

Social Engineering is becoming an increasingly common attack vector for hackers as a means to bypass traditional security controls and exploit your systems directly.

Regardless of technical strength and security, you are only as strong as your employees. Are they aware of the types of attack and what to look out for? Can you trust that they won’t fall victim to these scams? Social Engineering can identify weaknesses and be the starting point to determine the next steps to protecting your company data.

  • Baiting - when an attacker leaves a malware infected device in a location it is sure to be found. A victim will pick up the drive and unknowingly load the exploit
  • Phishing - Sending fraudulent emails disguised as legitimate emails
  • Spear Phishing/Whaling - The same core principal as Phishing, tailored to an individual
  • Pretexting - A false motive. a scammer pretends to need information in order to confirm the identity of the individual
  • Scareware/Fear Mongers - A computer program that can be installed through malicious downloads or adware

The exact activities carried out on a test are always agreed with customers in advance and are tailored to the goals of the test. Comprehensive reports are provided which detail any findings, together with remediation advice. We also offer a full on-site debrief to cover the findings of the report to help you understand any risks to your organisation.

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