How Can A Phishing and Social Engineering Assessment Help Your Business?
CloudTech24 offers assessments to provide visibility and awareness of vulnerabilities within your company.
Our Phishing assessments validate the effectiveness and weaknesses in the security awareness of your workers.
Our Social Engineering Assessment, known as a Phishing Assessment, finds gaps in your security awareness training and describes areas where more education may be necessary. This training stops your staff from falling victim to scams.
Our social engineering campaigns allow us to measure employee susceptibility to clicking on links contained within emails that mimic those of the cyber criminals. Of course, we have a safe rather than a malicious intention.
These assessments find high-risk individuals and users. We also detect any organisational requirements for further awareness training. We can educate your workers on what to look out for in this type of scam.
The email templates that we use are designed following particular guidelines. We target a predetermined percentage of employees each month, so we don’t seem suspicious. This targeting achieves the best results.
The testing we carry out on your employees’ security awareness through the use of a social engineering or phishing assessment gives you actionable steps to focus your security training. Each type of Social Engineering engagement is different and uniquely tailored to your organisation.
Our techniques are:
- Open Source Intelligence – our team of professional analysts uses freely available information to fine-tune each ethical security attack and maximise the likelihood of a successful compromise, just as a malicious hacker would.
- Phishing or Spear Phishing attacks.
- Physical USB ‘Drive’ Drops – for example, malicious USBs lying in the company car park.
- Impersonating employees.
- Phone-Based scams.
- Dumpster Diving – searching through discarded documents and piecing together shredded papers to obtain confidential information.
The final report will include a list of all techniques we used, which worked and which did not. This information shows you what kind of tailored training needs to happen post-assessment.
Could you tell the difference between this phishing e-mail and a genuine Google e-mail?
It can be hard to tell the difference between a phishing e-mail and a genuine business e-mail.
What Is Phishing and Social Engineering?
Social engineering is a form of attack used by cybercriminals to gain access to confidential information from individuals or organizations. It involves manipulating people into revealing sensitive information through psychological tricks and tactics.
Social engineering relies heavily on the gullibility and naivety of its target, making it very effective in breaching security measures that may already be in place.
Phishing engineering is the art of manipulating and exploiting people’s natural tendency to trust for malicious purposes.
It has become a major tool among cyber criminals, allowing them to gain access to sensitive or confidential information from individuals or corporations.
Phishing engineering relies on various techniques, such as creating convincing email messages that look real, training staff about the dangers of phishing scams, and keeping up-to-date on technology advances that could be exploited by malicious actors.
Our Approach to Phishing Assessments
CloudTech24 provides your business with a variety of social engineering assessments.
You can have an evaluation as a single event or an ongoing campaign. Regardless of the length of your campaign, we provide a customised service that we tailor to your requirements.
The following list describes the aspects and options we offer to ensure we are a good fit for your organisation:
Scope – Creating a targeted Phishing campaign and defining a group of users within your company. Usually, we will target 20% of your employees for each email template we use. We focus on all physical locations, sites, and departments.
Targeting – In most cases, we aim with White-box testing. You supply us with the staff email addresses you want to use for the assessment.
Campaigns – Typically, we use a minimum of three different email templates per drive, which target a group of users at random times.
Reporting – We create a summary of the campaign, which describes the number of clicks and points out the high-risk users.
Customisation – We have a variety of options of existing email templates and tailored content to choose from, including accessible models from a regular supplier, a shipping company, Microsoft or the “IT Department”.
Alternatively, we can generate something custom-made, created to target a specific department such as the “accounts” department or copying a typical accounts email, such as a monthly payslip.
Presentation – We can provide both high and low-level presentations of our discoveries to your management teams or just with your technical management team.
Whether you are searching for a one-time or continuous assessment of your employees, CloudTech24 can collaborate with you to create a consultative campaign for social engineering testing.
This assessment identifies your current position and locates your vulnerabilities. The information you receive will help your company prevent cyber criminals from accessing your confidential information and data.
Common FAQs about Social Engineering Assessment
Please see below for some common questions on our social engineering assessment, if you would prefer to speak to someone then give us a call and speak to one of our team in our Surrey or London offices.
WHAT IS A PHISHING TEST?
A phishing test is when a set of phishing emails is sent out to record which members of staff click a link to measure current awareness.
WHY ARE PHISHING TESTS IMPORTANT?
A phishing test is important as it gives a useful insight into the current awareness of certain scams within your organisation.
WHAT IS SOCIAL ENGINEERING?
Social engineering is tricking a user into revealing sensitive information.
WHAT IS SOCIAL ENGINEERING TESTING?
Social engineering assessments are a way of measuring the current susceptibility to social engineering within your organisation.
HOW TO AVOID SOCIAL ENGINEERING SCAMS
Actionable reporting followed by targeted training is an excellent way of reducing the risk of a successful social engineering attack on your business.
HOW TO PREVENT PHISHING?
Businesses need a strategy around cyber security events from malicious phishing attempts. CloudTech24 provide assessment services to identify the risk and also provide managed solutions for end user security training and Advanced email protection and web content filtering. The best way of protecting your business is a layered approach.
WHAT IS AN EXAMPLE OF A PHISHING EMAIL?
Compelling phishing email subjects include: “Security Alert”, “Password Check Required Immediately”, “A Delivery Attempt was Made”.
WHAT DO I DO IF I RESPONDED TO A PHISHING EMAIL?
Immediately report the email as spam and delete it. Alert your IT or security team.
WHAT ARE COMMON SIGNS OF A PHISHING EMAIL?
Poor spelling, strange email addresses, links to other websites and monetary incentives are often used in phishing emails.
WHAT ARE EXAMPLES OF PHISHING ATTACKS?
An attempt to steal sensitive, personal or business information by disguising as a trusted entity in an email.