Posts tagged Social Engineering

3 min Penetration Testing

7 Funny and Punny Halloween Costume Ideas for Tech and Cybersecurity Pros

Stuck on what to be this year? Here are some of our favorite Halloween costume ideas for tech and cybersecurity professionals.

4 min Penetration Testing

Putting Pen (Tests) to Paper: Lessons and Learnings from Rapid7’s Annual Mega-Hackathon

Rapid7's Mega-Hackathon offers a unique chance to go beyond the data and get a feel for what pen testers are like in their natural habitat.

5 min Breach Preparedness

Phishing Attacks Duping Your Users? Here’s a Better Anti-Phishing Strategy.

You’ve hired the best of the best and put up the right defenses, but one thing keeps slipping in the door: phishing emails. Part of doing business today, unfortunately, is dealing with phishing attacks [https://www.rapid7.com/fundamentals/phishing-attacks/]. Few organizations are immune to phishing anymore; it’s on every security team’s mind and has become the number one threat to organizations [https://www.sans.org/reading-room/whitepapers/analyst/2017-threat-landscape-survey-users-front-line-3

1 min Whiteboard Wednesday

Whiteboard Wednesday: How to Implement A Phishing Awareness Training Plan in 5 Steps

There’s no silver bullet to combating protecting your organization from phishing attacks [https://www.rapid7.com/solutions/phishing-protection/] today. The only comprehensive approach leverages a combination of methods, many of which we’ve covered in parts 1 [https://www.rapid7.com/resources/wbw-anti-phishing/] and 2 [https://www.rapid7.com/resources/wbw-phishing-protection/] of our three-part phishing Whiteboard Wednesday series. Phishing is a human problem, and part of the solution is to prop

3 min InsightPhishing

Rapid7 InsightPhishing (Beta): Unified phishing simulation, investigation, and analysis

Starting March 1, 2019, Rapid7 will no longer offer or support InsightPhishing, and the beta program will end. Click here [https://kb.help.rapid7.com/docs/insightphishing-end-of-program-announcement] for more information. Phishing attacks remain one of the top challenges for SecOps teams. Yes, we all nod when we see the stats that get thrown around, like the ones below. But we also know this because we’ve heard it directly from our customers. Rapid7 has a long tradition of creating products an

2 min Metasploit

Federal Friday - 6.13.14 - New Group, Same Story

Happy Friday, Federal friends! It's another lovely Fall day here in Beantown but I hope each of you are enjoying your early Summer weather. Some exciting news as Rapid7 was named one of the Top Places to Work by the Boston Business Journal (#11 Mid-size company)! I'm going to keep it short and sweet today considering this is a topic I've covered before. Given the news stemming from a new CrowdStrike [http://www.crowdstrike.com/sites/all/themes/crowdstrike2/css/imgs/platform/CrowdStrike_Global_T

2 min Metasploit

Top 4 Takeaways from the "Live Bait: How to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Phishing Emails" Webcast

In this week's webcast,Lital Asher - Dotan [https://community.rapid7.com/people/lasherdotan] and ckirsch [https://community.rapid7.com/people/ckirsch] tackled the hot topic, “Live Bait: How to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Phishing Emails [https://information.rapid7.com/prevent-detect-and-respond-to-phishing-emails.html?CS=blog] ”. Phishing has risen from #9 to #3 in the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report on the most common attack vectors. Phishing attacks are often successful because i

1 min Metasploit

Federal Friday - 5.30.14 - Social Engineering from the Middle East

Happy Friday, Federal friends. You can tell it's almost Summah up here because it's been 50 and raining this week. So an interesting piece of news from an article on DarkReading [http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/iranian-cyberspies-pose-as-journalists-online-to-ensnare-their-targets/d/d-id/1269270] this week regarding an ongoing campaign targeting government officials and contractors of both the US and Israel. This is a mash-up of social engineering techniques from phishing to social

2 min Metasploit

Top 3 Takeaways from "7 Ways to Make Your Penetration Tests More Productive" Webcast

Earlier this week we heard from ckirsch [https://community.rapid7.com/people/ckirsch], Senior Product Marketing Manager for Metasploit at Rapid7, on the pressure penetration testers are facing. (Hint: it's a lot!). With the increase in high profile breaches and their costs, more and more emphasis is being put on the pen tester and security in general. Read on if you'd like to get the top takeaways from this week's webcast so that you aren't left in the dark about, "7 Ways to Make Your Penetratio

1 min Hacking

Rapid7: Coming to a city near you

We're taking this show on the road. Literally. This week our multi-city Rapid7 roadshow event, “Security at the Crossroads,” kicked off in New York and Minneapolis. Industry experts and fellow practitioners – including speakers from Forrester, Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Porter Airlines, and TriNet – gathered to share security stories, strategies, and best practices. There isn't enough room to share all the takeaways from these two events, but here are

4 min Social Engineering

Social Engineering: Would You Fall For This Phone Call?

Cyber criminals don't always need a keyboard to hack into your bank account or company network. In fact, a lot of attacks start with a simple phone call. Typically, the attackers are either trying to get information out of you or to make you do something. This is a technique they call social engineering. I've read a lot about social engineering over the years, since it's a personal area of interest. It can be used by a bunch off different occupations, such as FBI interrogators, con artists, sal

2 min Events

Social-Engineer CTF Report Released

For the last five years, the team at Social-Engineer have been bringing one of the most exciting events to DEF CON - the Social Engineering Capture the Flag.  The contest was designed to help bring awareness to the world about how dangerous social engineering can be.  In our 5th year, the competition was fierce and the report is the best we have ever released. This year a pool of 10 men and 10 women, from diverse backgrounds and experience levels, tested their social engineering abilities again

1 min Social Engineering

The Threat Within: RiskRater User Risk Report

Last week, we released the third of three reports from our RiskRater [https://riskrater.rapid7.com/] research. The first two reports focused on mobile devices [http://www.rapid7.com/docs/mobile_aug_2013.pdf] and endpoint devices [http://www.rapid7.com/docs/RiskRaterEndpointReport.pdf]. The latest report is centered around the risks posed by the one thing that no organization can operate without: Users. With the amount of protections in place at the perimeter, attackers have shifted much of the

2 min Social Engineering

Social Media: Vector for the New Economic Attack?

The big news in security this week has been the hijacking of the Associated Press' Twitter account [http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/technolog/ap-twitter-account-hacked-posts-false-white-house-scare-6C9560165] . The attackers leveraged the "bad news" atmosphere created by the events in Boston last week to gain some measure of credibility for a tweet about bombs exploding at the White House. This is not a particularly new approach: in 2007, the Storm Worm [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storm_Worm

4 min Metasploit

New Metasploit 4.5: Manage Your Organization's Phishing Exposure

You can now get a better handle on your organization's exposure to phishing attacks [http://www.rapid7.com/solutions/need/manage-phishing-exposure.jsp]: Metasploit Pro now gives you quick insight on risks and advice on how to reduce them. With today's new release version 4.5, Metasploit Pro's social engineering features are no longer just for penetration testers but add a lot of value for more generalist security professionals. A handful of our customers already tested these new capabilities i