What is Social Engineering?
Social engineering uses a variety of methods to manipulate users into giving up confidential information, such as passwords, banking information and identity information, or giving up access to data, computer systems or even physical buildings. We know and understand the methods that these cybercriminals use and our Social Engineering Service is designed to identify and eliminate the risks that they pose.
The weakest link in any security plan is a legitimate user who is too trusting or unaware of the risks posed by these scams. Our Social Engineering Service will provide the knowledge for you and your business to maximize user awareness while minimizing risks posed by social engineering scams.
What Will the Social Engineering Service Do For Me?
Common social engineering methods include links or downloads contained in emails and other messages that are apparently from trusted sources, phishing scams, phone calls from “IT” or other authorities, creating conflicts between the user and others to distract them, baiting users with offers and advertisements for things they may want, and messages that falsely claim to be a response to a question the user or a colleague never actually asked. Our Social Engineering Service will help users distinguish between what is a legitimate message and an illegitimate one, help them understand and identify phishing, and audit processes and procedures within your organization to fully maximize that knowledge and decrease your risk of exposure through a trust misplaced.
The Social Engineering Service will also audit your system for other vulnerabilities that allow these scams to reach the users in the first place, including messaging, email and other communications methods, internal processes and procedures, software, applications, networks and systems. You are best protected, if the socially engineered messaging cannot reach users at all.
Shouldn’t Our IT Department Just Do This?
Internal IT Departments aren’t always successful when it comes to auditing systems they build, software they installed, and users they support. There is a lot of room for things to be overlooked unintentionally. Third party, independent audits, as part of our Social Engineering System for example, don’t have the same conflict of interest or potential conflict of interest and come at the problem with fresh, objective eyes. These types of independent security services are also sometimes required by investors, shareholders, regulatory bodies and other stakeholders.
The primary benefits of using our Social Engineering Service is increase user awareness, increased security and reduced risk of exposure to cybercriminals. In turn, these lead to additional benefits of increased reputation, decreased costs, and decreased disruption in the environment.
Use of our Social Engineering Service will help to protect you and your business from the potentially devastating loss caused by a security breach, loss or theft of data, and shutdowns. Experts place the estimate of economic loss annually from cybercrime to be $6 trillion US. If experts also agree that the weakest security link is a human that is manipulated by a social engineering scam, then social engineering accounts for a significant portion of that estimate. We can help defend you and your business from becoming a part of this financial loss.
Security breaches, data loss and theft and shutdowns also have costs that are harder to quantify – including potential regulatory implications, degradation of the relationship with shareholders and investors, loss of customer trust and loyalty and damaged reputations and brand identity. Though more difficult to quantify, these losses then to be the most difficult to survive and overcome. You can avoid them by use of our Social Engineering Service.
We will work closely with you to develop a plan to implement our Social Engineering Service, that can either be focused on particular areas of concern or can involve the breadth and your computer systems and networks. Whatever your needs, our primary concern is protecting you, giving you the knowledge you need to keep you and your data safe.