AVA: A Social Engineering Vulnerability Scanner
This is interesting:
First, it integrates with corporate directories such as Active Directory and social media sites like LinkedIn to map the connections between employees, as well as important outside contacts. Bell calls this the "real org chart." Hackers can use such information to choose people they ought to impersonate while trying to scam employees.
From there, AVA users can craft custom phishing campaigns, both in email and Twitter, to see how employees respond. Finally, and most importantly, it helps organizations track the results of these campaigns. You could use AVA to evaluate the effectiveness of two different security training programs, see which employees need more training, or find places where additional security is needed.
Of course, the problem is that both good guys and bad guys can use this tool. Which makes it like pretty much every other vulnerability scanner.
Posted on August 19, 2015 at 7:11 AM • 14 Comments