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Course Description

SEC567: Social Engineering for Penetration Testers provides the blend of knowledge required to add social engineering skills to your penetration testing portfolio. Successful social engineering utilizes psychological principles and technical techniques to measure your success and manage the risk. SEC567 covers the principles of persuasion and the psychology foundations required to craft effective attacks and bolsters this with many examples of what works from both cyber criminals and the authors experience in engagements. On top of these principles we provide a number of tools (produced in our engagements over the years and now available in the course) and also labs centered around the key technical skills required to measure your social engineering success and report it to your company or client.

You'll learn how to perform recon on targets using a wide variety of sites and tools, create and track phishing campaigns, and develop media payloads that effectively demonstrate compromise scenarios. You'll also learn how to conduct pretexting exercises, and we wrap the course with a fun "Capture the Human" exercise to put what you've learned into practice. This is the perfect course to open up new attack possibilities, to better understand the human vulnerability in attacks and to let you practice snares that have proven themselves in tests time and time again.

Learning Objectives

  • Take on your first social engineering test in your company, or as a consultant.
  • Improve your social engineering know how to develop new variations or increase your snare rate.
  • Equip you to deal with some of the ethical and risk challenges associated with social engineering engagements.
  • Enhance other penetration testing disciplines through understanding human behavior and how to exploit it.

Framework Connections

The materials within this course focus on the Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs) identified within the Specialty Areas listed below. Click to view Specialty Area details within the interactive National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.

Feedback

If you would like to provide feedback for this course, please e-mail the NICCS SO at NICCS@hq.dhs.gov.