Social Engineering

Social engineering, whether by physical or digital means, has seen increasing usage rates among cyber criminals as security awareness training lags behind.

Employees are the lifeblood of a company – but they can also be its weakest link in a cyber security strategy.

Social engineering in cyber security has seen increasing usage rates among cyber criminals as security awareness training lags behind.

Social engineering assessments mimic these tactics to help companies understand whether their current cyber security strategies are up to par with the latest techniques.


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Scope of Social Engineering in Cyber Security

The assessments follow two schools of thought: physical social engineering tests and digital social engineering tests.



Physical Social Engineering

Physical social engineering assesses a client's ability to defend cyber-attacks that are launched on-site. It evaluates an organisation's ability to keep sensitive documents away from prying eyes and tests the strength of its protocols surrounding external access to internal systems.

Digital Social Engineering

Digital social engineering uses manipulation and impersonation to evaluate how a company's employees respond to attempts to gain information. It leverages common attack methods like phishing to test whether the workforce is savvy enough about common cyber-attacks to stay away from malicious links, or if they represent a risk to the business.

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Benefits of a Social Engineering Test

Social engineering tests help companies evaluate how vulnerable they are to some of the more uncommon cyber threats. They can influence future employee security awareness training as well as identify vulnerabilities that aren’t always discovered.

  • Test the physical security of premises
  • Evaluate effectiveness of security awareness training
  • Prepare for a range of uncommon attacks
  • Improve security posture
  • Identify high-risk areas and staff
  • Assess tools used to stop social engineering
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