Social Engineering: The Human Factor in Cyber-security
In the complex realm of cyber-security, while significant investments flow into robust network architectures and devices, the human element often remains a weak link. Regular security awareness programs are essential, but without ongoing reinforcement, complacency can set in. Social engineering tests serve as real-time demonstrations of potential security lapses, emphasizing the importance of continuous vigilance.
What is Social Engineering?
Social engineering exploits human psychology rather than technical hacking techniques. It can manifest physically—like an unsecured server room door—or digitally, such as falling for a deceptive phishing email.
Engaging with ProCheckUp: Scope & Boundaries
ProCheckUp ensures a tailored approach. From remote investigations to on-premise breach attempts, every engagement respects the boundaries established with our clients.
Physical Social Engineering
Our process starts with comprehensive reconnaissance. Gathering data on employees, company roles, used software, and more, we aim to craft a compelling pretext. If physical breaches are part of the scope, our team utilizes both open-source tools and in-person investigations.
The engagement then shifts to the exploitation phase, with consultants employing various disguises or roles to test the facility's defenses.
Cyber Social Engineering
Phishing campaigns typically operate externally. The goal is simple: deceive employees into granting unauthorized access, usually through malicious emails. This process begins with Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) to gather valuable data. With a solid pretext in place, we simulate phishing attacks, utilizing realistic scenarios and platforms.
This technique targets specific departments, often those with elevated privileges like the IT department.
Whaling narrows the focus even further, zeroing in on high-profile targets like CEOs or board members due to their elevated access and influence.
Upon concluding an engagement, ProCheckUp presents a comprehensive report detailing all findings. This report includes both technical insights and management-level summaries, pinpointing vulnerabilities, recommendations, and evidence. If breaches were successful, we also provide security awareness training recommendations.
ProCheckUp Engagement lifecycle
Procheckup utilises a standard engagement model for all engagements which is defined below: -
Offering - Activities that take place before the execution of a consultancy assignment:
- Pre-sales and identification of client needs;
- Creation of an agreement, typically covering: - Context of the work - Services and deliverables - Approach and work plan - Roles and responsibilities.
Execution - Delivery of the services agreed at the offering stage to satisfy the client:
- Refining the work plan;
- Implementing the agreed work plan;
- Assignment of staff, management and mentoring;
- Approval and acceptance.
Closure - Activities that take place at the end of a consultancy assignment:
- Final client evaluation and agreement that the service has been delivered;
- Conclusion of obligations;
- Finalising payment;
- Any subsequent improvements to the service.
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