Why choose Bulletproof to help prevent social engineering attacks?
Your staff are your biggest cyber risk, so social engineering helps maximise employee vigilance.
Our team are independently qualified by industry-recognised bodies such as CREST.
Get a best-fit engagement that’s designed to efficiently meet your security objectives.
Our easy-to-understand reports include a management summary and technical breakdown.
Secure your staff mindset
Secure staff lead to a secure organisation, but social engineering techniques are always growing and evolving. This means your employees need to be continuously aware of the latest tools and tricks hackers will use against them. By regularly testing and educating your staff, you can give them a bulletproof mindset to make them immune to these attacks.
Learn more about Bulletproof's social engineering services
Our social engineering services simulate a targeted social engineering attack by malicious hackers.
- Advanced phishing/vishing/SMShing techniques to get past your first line of defence
- Media baiting, impersonation and physical entry options available
- Our expert social engineers use the same recon & intelligence as real-world hackers
- Collected credentials are provided as evidence of our success
- Easy-to-understand report clearly highlights problem areas
- Combine with security awareness training for maximum protection
What To Expect
Our CREST-approved social engineering team follow an industry-standard penetration testing methodology in order to maximise the impact of your test.
- Scoping – Accurate scoping ensures that your test is meticulously crafted to meet all your security and business objectives
- Reconnaissance – This intelligence gathering phase uses a variety of open and private sources, including those used by real-world hackers
- Exploitation – Exploitation is where our expert testers execute our pre-planned social engineering campaigns
- Reporting – Results are presented in an easy-to-understand report, including executive summary and technical breakdown
Regular social engineering testing should be a core part of your cyber strategy. It works best when combined with Bulletproof’s CREST-approved penetration testing and red team services, giving you a complete overview of your security posture.
With social engineering securing the human element to your security, Bulletproof’s managed SIEM threat protection is your best defence against safeguarding your technical estate against cyber attack.
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Social engineering FAQs
What is social engineering?
Social engineering is the process of leveraging the human aspect of a business in order to compromise security. The most common form of this is phishing. This involves tricking users via email into following a malicious link, downloading malware or submitting their credentials.
This is often the easiest way for a hacker to compromise a business. No matter how formidable your cyber security is, a member of staff can easily undo it all. In 2019, phishing attacks attempting to get ransomware into businesses had risen 109% from 2017.
Social engineering is a fancy term for what can often be a simple approach. How many times have you received an email that looks like the following?
Your Outlook password is due to expire and requires resetting. Please follow this link to reset it.
That link will no doubt direct you to a malicious portal owned by hackers intent on getting your password and, if you clicked the link and reset your password, then they’ll have it. When booking a penetration test, many companies choose to include an element of social engineering in order to test their staff’s susceptibility to phishing.
Some important things to look out for is poor spelling and grammar, both in the body text and the email address.
Do I need social engineering?
Humans are often the weakest link in the cyber security chain. Even the tightest technical controls can be overcome by an employee who's been tricked by a hacker. By testing your staff against social engineering, you can learn from the results, spot where the biggest weaknesses are and educate staff to significantly improve your cyber security.
How can I defend against social engineering attacks?
Conducting social engineering prevention allows you to uncover the weaknesses in your social engineering defences. Learning from the results of a social engineering campaign shows you where you need to focus your remediation efforts. Along with good policies and procedures, employee education is typically seen as the best defence against social engineering – making regular staff training a must-have for any organisation.
Why do hackers use social engineering?
Hackers know the fastest way to compromise your security is to exploit a human being who sits behind it. No matter what technological defences you have in-place to keep hackers out, if a cyber criminal can convince a member of staff to click a malicious link through a cleverly crafted email, all your defences are bypassed. This is what makes social engineering prevention services so vital.
What social engineering techniques do hackers use?
Some hackers will craft targeted, bespoke campaigns against you, whilst others will adopt a blanket approach to catch business who are less prepared. With so many different tactics and techniques available to cyber criminals, regular social engineering prevention is the best way to stay protected.