3 Social Engineering Attacks to Look Out For

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In today’s world, we are constantly on guard against thieves who continue to find new and inventive ways to infiltrate and gain access to our sensitive data. Small and medium businesses are primary targets for these attacks, as they typically do not require rigorous training to prepare employees to identify and respond to these types of attacks. Businesses spend thousands of dollars on technical solutions to protect internal data, but many times fail to defend against their own personnel who can be manipulated into supplying that same information. This type of manipulation is called social engineering.

Social engineering is the act of deception specifically to influence individuals into revealing confidential information that can be used for malicious purposes. This is where companies such as Rigid Bits come in. It is their job to identify a company’s weaknesses using social engineering tactics. Here are three social engineering attacks that are employed regularly and how Rigid Bits can help you combat them.

1.    Phishing

Phishing is the most commonly used social engineering attack. It allows attackers to pretend to be a reputable source via electronic communication. Many times, phishing comes in the form of an email message with spoofed sender addresses that appear to be legitimate. One common technique attempts to trick users into clicking a link to a malicious website, where an attacker could steal sensitive information or convince the user to install malicious software. Rigid Bits can help conduct simulated phishing attacks to identify unprepared employees and other security gaps that an attacker may leverage.

2.    Pretext Calling

Similar to Phishing, an attacker will attempt to gather sensitive information from an unsuspecting employee, this time over the telephone. The attacker will develop a convincing scenario where a user’s password is lost or needs to be changed immediately. Attackers will attempt to cause concern with the employee in hopes they will bypass their security awareness training and provide the sensitive information.

3.    Tailgating

Tailgating occurs when someone who lacks proper clearance to a physical area gains access by following a cleared individual. This allows attackers access to sensitive areas for the purpose of damage or theft. Rigid Bits can help your organization test their preparedness to identify, and stop tailgaters into your offices. We’ll attempt to gain access, bypass security measures, and report our findings.

Whether it is through phishing emails or direct manipulation, thieves continue to find ways to access confidential information. Attackers focus on one of the most vulnerable aspects of a company, its personnel, and they work to identify those people or departments where attacks are more likely to be successful. Rigid Bits is experienced in helping companies test their security awareness through social engineering attacks. Contact us today to find out how we can help you stay secure.