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Diminishing the Impact of Social Engineering

Penetration Testing for Higher Education

Diminishing the Impact of Social Engineering

One of the most significant trends to emerge on the cybercrime scene in recent years has been the increasing use of targeted social engineering attacks carried out against end users in the name of gaining access to their devices to steal data and traverse onto the protected networks that they access. In attacks that have been carried out against everyone from federal government agencies to tech giants such as Google, cybercriminals have shown that by isolating specific individuals or groups of users and targeting them with custom threats that play on their trusted relationships they can gain access to the most closely guarded IT networks in the world.

Recent studies have also highlighted the fact that students, especially people under the age of 21, are particularly vulnerable to social engineering attacks based on their use of social networking applications through which they frequently share volumes of personal information that can be used to create highly detailed custom attacks.

Using our products client-side penetration testing capabilities, institutions can lower their related exposure to social engineering threats by:

  • Testing end-user security awareness to reinforce policies and highlight cutting-edge targeted attack methods.
  • Crawling the Web to identify what kinds of domain-specific information may be available to attackers.
  • Highlighting what level of access attackers may have from compromised devices after they carry out successful attacks.
  • Redirecting vulnerable users into additional security training or rewarding diligence to security policies.

Learn how conducting penetration testing at educational institutions can help you to:

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