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What is social engineering testing?
We are able to carry out a range of social engineering tests:
- Retrieval of information from public sources (addresses, names, duties of collaborators)
- Targeted phone calls using various pretexts to extract information or find ways to gain access
- A "Spear phishing" scenario based on an e-mail campaign and the use of specific infrastructure
- Physical penetration attempt based on realistic attack scenarios
The purpose of these tests is to involve all members of your teams (and anyone that has some level of internal access) in the protection of your assets, and to make them aware of threats such as a phishing attempt by email or phone.
Our teams can also measure potential risks associated with your information system, including the:
- Risk of confidential information leakage
- Risk of penetrating your infrastructure
- Presence of "organisational loopholes" that enable attack scenarios to be carried out
In addition to testing the awareness and preparedness of your team members, your physical and cyber infrastructures will be tested under the most realistic approaches possible.
Methodology and Strategy
The methodology of a social engineering test varies, depending on the circumstances of your situation and the type of testing you have chosen. However, the “textbook case” will follow the same procedure of a passive (reconnaissance) phase followed by an active phase (targeting your employees), and finally an intrusion phase (attempt at compromising your information system using information gathered from previous phases).
- Passive phase : Data collection from open sources. All available resources can be used.
- Active phase : Phone calls, phishing emails or spear phishing and data recovery, creation of targeted "waterholes" to attract users.
- Intrusive phase : Physical intrusion or logical intrusion based on information gained during previous phases.
The aim of this is to collect the maximum amount of information about your organisation through public sources, including social networks, search engines, forums or other informative sites.
This information, which is sometimes confidential, will make it possible to refine our approach for the next phases, and often includes:
- Key Functions, Organisational Chart
- Passwords, keys
- Technical information: technology or internal project names
Physical penetration simulation involves the use of different pretexts to enter target premises. The simplest scenario is often the most successful such as following the collaborators through SAS security.
Before starting this phase, we define our goal with you which can include reaching the server room, the office of a director, etc. This will allow evaluating the success of this scenario, but also to know what impact this penetration could have and how far an attacker could reach which includes data retrieval, illegal access to a workstation, etc.
Two approaches can be employed during a phishing campaign, targeting users through e-mail contact:
- • We build a fake site, also known as "watering hole" and launch an e-mail campaign that encourages your employees to visit this site. This site replicates an existing site regularly used by staff (e.g. human resources management application) except that it registers both the user identification and password and passes it on to the attacker.
This results in user identification theft, for example via allowing access to data related to your Active Directory.
We can also send an e-mail containing a malicious attachment. Once the file is executed and conditions are suitable, we will be able to take remote control of the victim's workstation and thus have access to the internal resources of the company.
Red Team services
What is a Red Team mission?
Red Team missions employ real and efficient attacks strategies on your infrastructure with the aim of finding a way to compromise it.
- The most realistic attack simulation
This full-scale exercise aims to find a way to penetrate your internal network in order to extract real data while avoiding detection.
- A flexible approach
We conduct Red Team missions to assess the efficiency of your defences against a real attack, but also to test security levels across the departments of your organisation. Tests can be carried out remotely or on-site, depending on the target and methodology.
- External surface attack
Each exposed and connected surface to your internal infrastructure is subject to an intrusion attempt, by utilising data about your organisation that can be found from open sources (OSINT).
- Phishing attack
This is an approach targeting your employees in order to establish an anchor point, permitting access to your network.
- Physical intrusion
A red team physical intrusion could take the form of an anonymous box being deposited on or near your property, acting as a bridge between your internal network and the attacking network.
- Intrusion from a wireless network
All Wi-Fi networks are a potential entrance point to your internal networks. These can also be compromised.
Our full and detailed test reports
Once our testing is concluded, we will provide you with a full and comprehensive report containing detailed results of the performed tests, as well as flexible and comprehensive solutions for a range of your departments (management, administration and IT, for example).
Why choose SSL247® ?
Additionally, we have our own department specialised in penetration testing and security audits. Our team is composed of experts that are certified and well-known in the IT security arena (OSCP, OSCE et OPST).
For more information on how our security services can benefit your business, get in touch with one of our accredited consultants: