The Growth of Third-Party Software Supply Chain Cyber Attacks

When testing your employees' social engineering readiness, your teams need simulated attacks that feel as if they’re coming from a nefarious engineer. This means testing that directly simulates a threat actor’s processes and attack patterns.

Below are all the reasons our white hat social engineers at Mitnick Security stand far above the competition.


Mitnick Security Social Engineering Advantages

Social engineering is a common hacking technique designed by threat actors to trick your employees into performing an exploitable action or giving private company information to the threat actor. If you aren’t concerned by this strategy, you should be. Social engineering is a component used for the majority of all cyber attacks. 

So how do you protect against a threat actor who can use your unknowing employee to launch a successful attack? Our team at Mitnick Security provides social engineering test services to help companies identify areas that require fortification and training. 

Our services have the following advantages:

1. Savvy & Senior Social Engineers

When you hire a company to conduct social engineering testing, you want a seasoned team of professionals. Unfortunately, other testing companies often take the easy way out: hiring one or two senior-level engineers to manage over lesser experienced testers. That means you never know who is crafting the phishing email or if they have the practical experience to imitate real cyber threats in the workplace

We only hire senior social engineering testers with at least a decade of experience. This exclusive dedication to top-notch talent is a huge reason we boast a 100% success rate for breaching systems using social engineering amongst small to multi-million dollar corporations.

2. Above and Beyond OSINT

Real social engineers rely heavily on open-source intelligence (OSINT) to weave a convincing narrative in phishing scams or to break technical defenses. They often use names of people you know or high-level managers within your company, industry-specific language/lingo, and other Internet-accessible information to gain trust and authority. They may even infiltrate your company’s Slack channel to trick employees, like what happened with Rockstar Games.

The problem is, many social engineering testers don’t invest enough time and effort into the pre-attack phase of the social engineering process — only doing high-level OSINT research to skip the hard work. They think that by sending more phishes to more employees, they’re bound to get more folks to fall for the attacks. In reality, real social engineers care more about the minute details of their attack — focusing on catching the big fish instead of a net full of dead ends. 

For instance, using AI-enhanced social engineering to crack into an executive-level admin’s account may lead to juicier data than lower-tier access. Sure, the work the strength testers put into an initial plan may take longer, but the payoff for their strategic investment is sure to be more fruitful. 

3. Detailed Social Engineering Testing 

When you run a social engineering test, you want more than just the percentage of employees who fell for credential harvesting techniques. After all, your results should empower you with the insights you need to make security improvements — and for that, you need to know the specifics of the attacks, where certain teams and individuals struggled, where they excelled, and how serious your human vulnerability factor is. 

We understand that our pentesting and social engineering testing reports need to break down the exact tactics. That’s why we grab actual screenshots of phishing emails and attach transcripts of recordings from phishing phone calls, in addition to step-by-step attack explanations. We silo that data by each department — and even individual employees — to illustrate the exact methods we used, your team’s responses, and how we ultimately got in, or where we were stopped and pivoted our tactics.

4. Comprehensive Reporting

Of course, a white hat social engineer should do more than just compromise your system and call it a day. The best engineers offer their wisdom to remediate your risks — beyond a broad brush stroke — offering specific solutions for your unique security posture. 

That’s why every social engineering strength testing report from Mitnick Security contains narratives of each attack vector and detailed recommendations for mitigating your vulnerabilities based on criticality. While other social engineering tests may also include suggestions for improving your security, our team takes it a step further by helping you to understand why, without using overly complicated tech talk.


Are Your Employees as Prepared as You Think?

The only way you’ll see if your company is prepared for a social engineering attack is to run simulated campaigns, which test your employees’ readiness without the real risk. 

Are your teams up for the challenge? To see how your teams would stack up against our white hat hackers, explore our Social Engineering Testing Services.


Topics: supply chain, cyber attack

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