Two methodologies for physical penetration testing using social engineering


Dimkov, Trajce and Pieters, Wolter and Hartel, Pieter (2010) Two methodologies for physical penetration testing using social engineering. In: Annual Computer Security Applications Conference, ACSAC '10, 6-10 Dec 2010, Austin, Texas, USA.

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Abstract:Penetration tests on IT systems are sometimes coupled with physical penetration tests and social engineering. In physical penetration tests where social engineering is allowed, the penetration tester directly interacts with the employees. These interactions are usually based on deception and if not done properly can upset the employees, violate their privacy or damage their trust toward the organization and might lead to law suits and loss of productivity. We propose two methodologies for performing a physical penetration test where the goal is to gain an asset using social engineering. These methodologies aim to reduce the impact of the penetration test on the employees. The methodologies have been validated by a set of penetration tests performed over a period of two years.
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