Phishing & Social Engineering Penetration Testing

Evaluating your organisation’s human-centric security measures

What is Social Engineering Penetration Testing?

Social Engineering Penetration Testing evaluates an organisation’s human-centric security measures by simulating real-world attacks.

Our security experts test employees’ susceptibility to manipulation tactics such as phishing, pretexting, and baiting. This assessment helps organisations identify and mitigate risks associated with social engineering techniques.

The Importance of Social Engineering Penetration Testing

Cybercriminals often use social engineering to gain unauthorised access to sensitive data or systems. By conducting Social Engineering Penetration Testing, organisations can pinpoint weaknesses in their security posture and develop strategies to mitigate these risks. This testing process also aids organisations in meeting industry regulations and standards related to their security controls.

Key Benefits

Identifying and addressing security vulnerabilities:

Social engineering penetration testing aids in the identification and remediation of vulnerabilities related to the human aspect of security controls. It can identify areas where employees are vulnerable to manipulation techniques such as phishing or pretexting. This can assist organisations in tightening their security controls and preventing unauthorised access to sensitive data.

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Improving security awareness:

 Social engineering penetration testing can help raise employee security awareness. Organisations can help employees understand the types of threats they may face and teach them how to recognise and respond to them by conducting simulated attacks.

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Meeting compliance requirements:

Compliance often necessitates social engineering penetration testing. Many industry regulations require organisations to assess the effectiveness of their security controls related to the human aspect of security, and social engineering penetration testing can assist organisations in meeting those requirements.

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Why choose us?

Our company offers a comprehensive and tailored social engineering penetration testing service that is tailored to your company’s specific needs.

Our experienced cybersecurity team employs cutting-edge tools and techniques to simulate real-world attacks and identify vulnerabilities in the human aspect of security.

We work closely with our clients to understand their specific requirements and deliver actionable results that are simple to understand.

Our Approach

Our phishing campaigns are designed to entice employees to divulge sensitive information that could compromise your security. We craft emails and other communications to convincingly imitate legitimate business correspondence, encouraging employees to provide sensitive data, click on links, download files, or open documents. Campaign content and timelines are agreed upon with the client in advance.

Upon campaign completion, we produce a report detailing the effectiveness of the campaign, including email types, recipients, and timings. The report highlights engagement with the phishing emails and potential impacts if this were a genuine malicious phishing attempt.

Planning and resource allocation:

Each campaign will take 3 days of time, allocated in the following manner:

Day 01

We will spend one day working with the client to hold meetings and discuss the campaign content, agree on our campaign methodology, and achieve final signoff before sending the phishing emails. During this time, we will:

  • Discuss the objectives of the campaign and determine the scope and targets.
  • Review any previous campaign results and identify areas for improvement.
  • Agree on the types of phishing emails to be sent, such as password reset, fake IT helpdesk, or CEO fraud.
  • Determine the language, format, and tone of the emails, and decide on the timing and frequency of the campaign.
  • Identify any specific content that should be included in the emails, such as company logos or personalisation.
  • Agree on the metrics and data that will be collected during the campaign, such as click rates, open rates, and response rates.

Day 02

We will spend one day setting up the campaign and email servers, creating the phishing emails and the landing pages, and sending the phishing emails to the target employees, ensuring their successful delivery. During this time, we will:

  • Configure and set up the email servers and landing pages according to the agreed-upon campaign content.
  • Create the phishing emails that mimic the genuine email messages that the employees would typically receive.
  • Customise the landing pages to look authentic and gather any sensitive information.
  • Send the phishing emails to the target employees and monitor the delivery status to ensure that the emails are delivered successfully.
  • Record and analyse any responses from the phishing emails, such as clicks or form submissions.

Day 03

We will spend one day gathering our findings, creating the report, and creating the tailored training session aligned with our phishing attack. We will deliver the training to staff members who fell for the phishing attack, ensuring that they understand how to identify and mitigate phishing attacks in the future. During this time, we will:

  • Analyse the responses to the phishing emails and record the metrics.
  • Prepare a report that summarises the campaign’s findings, including the click rates, open rates, and response rates.
  • Create a tailored training session based on the findings to educate staff members on the importance of cybersecurity and how to avoid falling for phishing attacks.
  • Deliver the training session to staff members who fell for the phishing attack, ensuring that they understand how to identify and mitigate phishing attacks in the future.
  • Provide recommendations on how to improve cybersecurity defences based on the findings of the campaign.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process of Social Engineering Penetration Testing?

The process of Social Engineering Penetration Testing typically involves several steps, including planning and scoping, reconnaissance and information gathering, crafting social engineering attacks, executing the attacks, and reporting and follow-up.

Who should perform Social Engineering Penetration Testing?

Social Engineering Penetration Testing should be performed by experienced cybersecurity professionals who specialize in social engineering and have the necessary skills and tools to simulate real-world attacks.

How often should Social Engineering Penetration Testing be performed?

The frequency of Social Engineering Penetration Testing depends on several factors, including the size and complexity of the organisation, the industry regulations and standards that apply, and the level of risk associated with social engineering attacks. It is generally recommended that organizations perform Social Engineering Penetration Testing at least once a year.

What happens after Social Engineering Penetration Testing?

After the testing is completed, a detailed report is provided to the organisation, outlining the vulnerabilities and weaknesses that were identified, and recommendations for remediation. The organisation can then implement measures to address the identified vulnerabilities and improve their security posture.

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