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Re: Penetration Testing - Human Factor
From: Joey Peloquin <joeyp () cotse net>
Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2006 07:09:48 -0500

KeenerPB () mcnosc usmc mil wrote:
I would disagree with Arian regarding the technical aspects of "true"
hacking...in my experience, social engineering plays a huge role in
successful compromise of a network. Most of the time the boundaries are
pretty tight so you have to lob one over the fence (social engineering) in
order to punch out from the inside to defeat the boundary devices. 

All due respect, I'm both an Enterprise pen-test customer and an internal
pen-tester at the same company, and I don't see social engineering on the
radar at all, save a mention as part of our security awareness program.

How many enterprises do you all contract with that *actually* include social
engineering, and the like, in the scope?  We've paid as much as 40K for an
engagement and it didn't include social engineering.

-jp

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