Psychological manipulation is a common approach used by criminals to trick people into performing adverse actions and/or divulging confidential information. By creating emails and web pages that imitate those of known organizations and contacts, fraudsters aim to trick individuals into clicking dangerous links, opening malicious attachments, and sharing personal details.
Social Engineering Assessments help organizations understand the real-world threats to their business from the view of an attacker. Social Engineers attempt to gain access to protected information by exploiting unsuspecting staff members. These assessments help identify the potential holes in the “human element” to prevent information breaches and to strengthen the company’s security and compliance posture.
Social Engineering Assessments are broken down into either black box or white box methods. These style of assessment approaches are designed to give clients two different options for level of effort.
In a black box style assessment, the social engineer begins the assessment with no prior information from the client, in order to see what types of intelligence (OSINT) they can find online. For these campaigns, the social engineer will gather E-mail addresses, phone numbers and information about the physical security controls to develop custom attack vectors.
- More realistic – Sentryark social engineers see what they can find without guidance of client
- Best method to simulate outside threats
During white box assessments the client provides the targets they wish to be tested, such as: phone numbers (Vishing), E-mail addresses (Phishing), and locations (Physical).
- Client controls what information and which employees they want assessed
- Best method to simulate insider threats
Red team simulations go beyond standard penetration testing by providing holistic simulation of advanced threat actors and exercising your defensive capabilities at all levels. Red team activities use adversary Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs) to provide a realistic assessment of the true risk posed by an attack by advanced threats.
Your incident responders and defensive staff will be able to use their processes, defensive technology and staff training to attempt to identify and eradicate an active breach scenario, with the goal of identifying flaws and closing those gaps to ensure your defenses are running at optimal performance. Activities will include advanced network exploitation and escalation TTPs, social engineering, defense evasion, war gaming and focus on completion of specific impact and defensive training objectives.
Exposing a larger attack surface which usually includes many assets haven’t been covered during ordinary penetration testing.
Finding out if your employees are aware enough against main security threats.
By mirroring the tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) used by criminals, Red Teaming can help identify little-known and complex vulnerabilities that attackers might seek to exploit.
Finding out how will your SOC team respond against a real threat.
Identifying the misconfiguration of your security appliances as well as the endpoint security software.
Without the risks of negative headlines