Social engineering is the art of manipulating people so they give up confidential information. The types of information these criminals are seeking can vary, but when individuals are targeted the criminals are usually trying to trick you into giving them your passwords or bank information, or access your computer to secretly install malicious software–that will give them access to your passwords and bank information as well as giving them control over your computer.
Criminals use social engineering tactics because it is usually easier to exploit your natural inclination to trust than it is to discover ways to hack your software. For example, it is much easier to fool someone into giving you their password than it is for you to try hacking their password (unless the password is really weak).
Social engineering attacks 2017 is all about spear-phishing, a more aggressive form of phishing that is well researched, targets specific groups of people, and are designed to sound legitimate to win your trust until you are ready to give them anything you need. Would your organization as a whole be prepared to identify these emails before they cause damage?
Even with the strongest of technical directives, it is the human resources that need social engineering assessment to determine the rate of vulnerability to these attacks. Phishing simulation software provides critical examples of social engineering attacks for employees to familiarise themselves with that helps in the identification process.
Repeated phishing tests for employees beginning with simple phishing toolkits will ready them for various social engineering pentester threats from obtaining private details, taking over websites, gaining access to official documents, and steal a personal identity.
Social engineer training will include grouping your employees into categories that provide in-depth analysis, say department-wise. Phishing test tools will help recognize the nature of the threat to their organization as a whole as well as to the individual employees.
A phishing website and a phishing email account will be created. Through the employee analysis, a target-oriented phishing email will be sent out which links to the test website. There will be all forms of material to obtain information like questionnaires, usernames, passwords, etc. Through this exercise, we can deduce how many employees click to see the website and will be potential victims.
Social engineering testing software will analyze the employee behavior at every level of the process so you can know all the employee concerns and escalation during the testing.
Providing statistics to the employees gives insights into the impact of an attack. The exercises can be continued to different gamification techniques, e-learning modules, seminars, or workshops to track and measure the success of the program.
Repetition of the entire cycle periodically prepares the organization to spot a malicious email almost immediately. This will turn your employees to be the strongest defense against phishing. Although there are several free phishing simulation tools and phishing test sites available, employing credible creators will ensure confidentiality and provide practical solutions for the long run.
Social Engineering Services will consistently address awareness of security assessment services and education on the latest trends in phishing by repeatable processes which will ensure employees to tag, report, and avoid opening malicious emails.