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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Egis Cyber Solutions takes pride in protecting your company’s infrastructure to help ensure Data Leaks like the recent Equifax Security Breach doesn’t affect your business.

 

Here’s a small overview as to how we provide protection services to your organization: 

First, we protect your business from a perimeter level.  In todays “internet of things” Perimeter Protection for your company network is your first layer of defense. It’s where the breach enters into your infrastructure.  We find this is the most vulnerable part of a network.

Our Data Security Package includes Unified Threat Management, or UTM as a basis for all tiers of protection.  UTM means we’re scanning every bit of data that enters and leaves your network perimeter. If it’s malicious, or possibly a breach, or not compliant with your company data sharing policy, we’re stopping it in its tracks.

Second, your company also needs all of your equipment to adopt a proven Endpoint Security and Protection service.  It’s not as easy as installing Anti-Virus on your machine and calling it secure.  As a part of Egis’ Managed Services, we ensure your PC is protected in a variety of ways..  We utilize Endpoint Anti-Virus, Intrusion Detection and Prevention, Data and Traffic Encryption as well as monitor the systems event logs, performance counters and running services to ensure you’re receiving the most comprehensive protection available.  In other words, if something is going on with an endpoint, chances are our Security Operations Center is already on top of it.

Third, we’re making sure your infrastructure and files are backed up and ready for that doomsday event that results in you needing a restore of your most critical data.  Like everyone, we hope that day never comes.  But, if it does, rest easy knowing we have it backed up and we’re handling getting you back up and running.

For larger companies (75+ endpoints), we generally recommend adopting a SIEM (Security Incident and Event Management) system to monitor all traffic and event correlation from all network devices in your organization.  With a SIEM in place, we have a complete snapshot of all Traffic in and out of your organization.  We’re monitoring log files form endpoints, routers, switches, appliances, and servers to correlate data and determine if any risks are present within a network, in real time.

That’s just a few things we’re doing here at Egis Cyber Solutions to ensure you, your company, your customers and the data you manage is all safe and secure.   We encompass way more than we’re listing on this short e-mail.  If you have any doubt that your current level of protection is not where it needs to be, I welcome you to reach out to our Sales Team right away and schedule your Free Assessment.

Call (832) 562-4380 or email sales@egiscybersoltuions.com

Equifax Data Breach

First things first; was your information compromised? Find out at https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/potential-impact/

Egis Cyber Solutions takes pride in protecting your company’s infrastructure to help ensure Data Leaks, like the recent Equifax Security Breach, do not affect your business.

Here’s a small overview as to how we provide protection services to your organization:

 

First, we protect your business at the perimeter.  In today’s “internet of things” Perimeter Protection for your company network is your first layer of defense.  It’s where a breach enters into your environment.

Our Data Security Package includes Unified Threat Management, or UTM as a basis for all tiers of protection.  UTM means we’re scanning every bit of data that enters and leaves your network.  If it’s malicious, a possible breach, or not compliant with your company data sharing policy, we stop it in its tracks.

 

Second, your company also needs to adopt a proven Endpoint Security and Protection service.  It’s not as simple as installing Anti-Virus on your machine and calling it secure.  As a part of Egis’ Managed Services, we ensure the protection of your PC in a variety of ways.  We utilize Endpoint Anti-Virus, Intrusion Detection, Intrusion Prevention, and Data and Traffic Encryption as well as monitoring the systems event logs, performance counters, and running services to ensure you’re receiving the most comprehensive protection available.  In other words, if something is going on with an endpoint, our Security Operations Center is already on top of it.

 

Third, we’re making sure your infrastructure and files are backed up and ready for that dooms-day event that results in you needing a restore of your most critical data.  Like everyone, we hope that day never comes.  But, if it does, rest easy knowing we have it backed up and we’re handling getting you back up and running.

 

For larger companies (75+ endpoints), we recommend adopting a SIEM (Security Incident and Event Management) system to monitor all traffic and event correlation from all network devices in your organization.  With a SIEM in place, we have a complete snapshot of all Traffic in and out of your organization.  We’re monitoring log files from endpoints, routers, switches, appliances, and servers to correlate data and determine if any risks are present within a network, in real time.

That’s just a few things we do here at Egis Cyber Solutions to ensure you, your company, your customers and the data you manage are safe and secure.  If you have any doubt that your current level of protection is not where it needs to be, we welcome you to reach out to our Sales Team right away and schedule your Free Assessment.

Call (832) 562-4380 or email sales@egiscybersoltuions.com

 

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Potential Hurricane Harvey Phishing Scams

With the disastrous event of Hurricane Harvey affecting the state of Texas, the Egis security team would like to remind everyone to remain vigilant for phishing email activity seeking to capitalize on interest in Hurricane Harvey.

Please be cautious when handling any email with subject line, attachments, or hyperlinks related to Hurricane Harvey, even if it appears to originate from a trusted source. Fraudulent emails will often contain links or attachments that direct users to phishing or malware-infected websites. Emails requesting donations from deceitful charitable organizations commonly appear after major natural disasters.

Department of Homeland Security suggests the following to protect yourself and your family.

  1. Donate to charities you know and trust with a proven track record with dealing with disasters.
  2. Be alert for charities that seem to have sprung up overnight in connection with current events. Check out the charity with the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance, National Charity Report Index, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or GuideStar.
  3. Designate the disaster so you can ensure your funds are going to disaster relief, rather than a general fund.
  4. Never click on links or open attachments in emails unless you know who sent it. You could unknowingly install a virus on your computer.
  5. Don’t assume that charity messages posted on social media are legitimate. Research the organization yourself.
  6. When texting to donate, confirm the number with the source before you donate. The charge will show up on your cell phone bill, but donations are not immediate.
  7. Find out if the charity or fundraiser must be registered in your state by contacting the National Association of State Charity Officials. If they should be registered, but they’re not, consider donating to another charity.

If you receive suspicious emails at work or at home, just delete them. Please do not forward them or click on anything in them.

SMBs and Information Theft

Information theft has been a hot topic for quite a while lately. Regardless of the size of a company, currently, when a firm is a victim of information theft through a hack, it must invest time and money in investigating where the attack came from, assessing the magnitude of the damage caused, and ultimately, putting systems in place to ensure it won’t happen again – all harmful economically as much as company-reputation wise.

Worldwide, a theft of this nature costs a business around $3.8 million; however, the final cost depends on the sector, the size of the operation, the depth of the attack and the time it takes for the organization to realize that it has been breached. The average reaction time after an attack is 256 days worldwide, according to data from the Ponemon Institute and IBM.

SMBs in the US have taken action to take care of their Cybersecurity needs, but most invest only the minimum required by regulations to protect their systems (such as perimeter and antivirus security). In addition, top management typically shows little interest in being involved in the creation of a cybersecurity strategy, thinking “it couldn’t possibly happen to them” – the truth is, it’s easy to fall prey to attacks because we’re usually not paying attention to the very information we work with.

The disconnection of top management to the cybernetic needs of the company also implies that the investment in this item is minimal. The average investment in Cybersecurity currently in the world is seven million dollars; However, data from the Ponemon Institute suggest that the investment should be at least double.

The involvement, investment, and knowledge of top executives in Cybersecurity issues are crucial for their companies not to be affected by this issue since it is undeniable that the attacks are more frequent and simple to perpetrate. In addition, the potential for profits generated by cyber-attacks in the world warns of an attractive business that drives the attackers to keep going at it.