Benefits of Social Engineering

Penetration testing (also known as pen-testing) is a consolidated way to ensure that a program or network is free from vulnerabilities. It answers the most significant questions in business owners minds:

  • What harm could a hacker do to my software?
  • What is the strength and weakness of my information security program?

Social Engineering Penetration Testing is a part of the process in pen-testing. The need to implement social engineering tests on employees has proved critical, to better judge the attacks on a real-time basis.

So, what is a Social Engineering Penetration Test?

Social Engineering is a way to check the credibility and loyalty of the employees towards the organization and its policies.  Even though it is debated as unethical at times, it’s pretty evident that the security of the company depends on people working it, which makes it necessary.

How is it done?

Deception Techniques are used by Security providers such as Egis to enter and bond with employees and obtain confidential data, which includes (but is not limited to):

  • Physical Testing: Methods to check whether a company official stops a person from entering the building or ignores that someone unknown is walking beside them when they have swiped their ID access cards. A person usually talking on a phone or something closely follows a company official. A company security policy prohibits employees to let anyone enter.
  • Phishing: Another technique where employees reach through emails to hack a computer, by opening an attachment.
  • Bribery: Security providers meet the company officials outside premises and try to bribe them to leak security information.

Key benefits of conducting a Social Engineering Pen-Test:

  • It strengthens an organization against ethical hacking.
  • It gives a real-time assertion of how much employees adhere to company security policies
  • It prepares against Phishing exploits, which could pose threat to crucial company data.
  • It helps to manage security risks precisely.

To get started on Social Engineering testing with Egis, click here.

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