Two methodologies for physical penetration testing using social engineering

Trajce Dimkov*, André Van Cleeff, Wolter Pieters, Pieter Hartel

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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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings - 26th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference, ACSAC 2010
    Pages399-408
    Number of pages10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
    Event26th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference, ACSAC 2010 - Austin, TX, United States
    Duration: 6 Dec 201010 Dec 2010

    Conference

    Conference26th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference, ACSAC 2010
    CountryUnited States
    CityAustin, TX
    Period6/12/1010/12/10

    Keywords

    • methodology
    • penetration testing
    • physical security
    • research ethics
    • social engineering

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