Social Engineering Test

Nowadays social engineering is often used by attackers to access a company’s confidential data. People are the key part of all processes in an organization and are regularly becoming the primary gateway to any sensitive information.

What is Social Engineering Testing?

Social Engineering attacks exploit individuals within a company, where attackers try to persuade employees to reveal confidential passwords or sensitive information. The aim of a social engineering attack simulation is to identify the level of social engineering threat awareness among company personnel.

The result of the Social Engineering Test is the creation of a detailed report outlining the security gaps a client should close before a real attacker can exploit them. Social engineering testing helps to educate your employees on the steps that will allow them to detect and report actual attacks, ranging from a suspicious attachment that needs to be downloaded to a suspicious link that is asked to be clicked.

Here at DataArt, we offer realistic social engineering campaigns for companies looking to assess their employees and associated security policies. Our social engineering tests can help you to understand where your personnel is the weakest, at the same time giving them the chance to face real-life security threats such as phishing emails or fake phone calls. The testing outcomes will show management what remediation steps should be done and whether additional training should be organized.

Why Undergo a Social Engineering Test?

DataArt’s social engineering assessments will help clients:

  • Understand the level of a company vulnerability to social engineering attacks, increasing the awareness of internet-based threats and fraudulent schemes;
  • See if an organization’s email filters catching targeted phishing emails. Phishing is one of the most used ways of social engineering attacks, but despite our knowledge about scam emails, people still frequently suffer from it;
  • Prepare and train employees against similar attacks. Follow up conversations with the attack targets and giving them recommendations on how to avoid security mistakes in the future are the most important part of a social engineering test.

DataArt’s Social Engineering Services

DataArt offers core social engineering services that designed to test human susceptibility to persuasion and manipulation:

• Email Phishing

Phishing is one of the leaders among cyberattacks nowadays. Attackers come up with well-crafted emails containing allegedly legitimate attachments that turn out to carry a malicious payload. Even when the spam filters are in place, the attacker may know how to trick the employee into collaborating without making him/her click on a link. During our social engineering attack simulation, DataArt prepares and distributes targeted phishing emails to company employees selected for the attack. The emails will trick the users into performing certain actions that would disclose sensitive information that might be useful for an attacker. Our security experts can also provide our clients with spear-phishing – a highly targeted form of phishing that involves bespoke emails being sent to well-researched victims.

• Telephone Vishing

This type of attack leads the employee over the phone to divulge sensitive data about the company. The target information is different and could include names of possible victims, work hours, financial/personal data, or even password resets. During our telephone vishing testing, DataArt places a number of phone calls impersonating system administrators, reception staff, or other relevant people, requesting information that can be used during future attacks.

Once a social engineering test is done, DataArt provides a client with a detailed report that includes the employee response rate across various departments and a comparison of these numbers with industry average values. The final report also outlines remediation steps directing our client in resolving the issues identified.

Social Engineering Methodology


Social Engineering Approaches

DataArt’s social engineering test can be done using either black box or white box methods.

  • Black Box social engineering assessment focuses on conducting targeted attacks with ZERO prior knowledge from the client. For this type of test, DataArt’s security specialist gathers E-mail addresses, phone numbers, and any other information available from social media or third party associations in order to develop realistic attack vectors.
  • White Box social engineering test is conducted with the knowledge of the targets a client wishes to be tested. A White Box Test can be accomplished in a much quicker time frame when compared to a Black Box Test. White box social engineering assessment helps our clients to learn how much damage could occur from leaked data or a rogue insider.

Choosing between black box and white box testings depends on the ultimate goal of the test. White box testing is more effective when it is necessary to fully test the selected group of employees and its proneness to future social engineering attacks. Alternatively, black box testing is designed to find and exploit the weakest link in the company’s security mechanisms. Although black box attacks provide real-life cyberattack experience, overall white box testing can provide more thorough results.

Social Engineering tests performed by DataArt can help you to take better technical, human, and infrastructural measures to reduce the chance of a potential attack.

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