Social-Engineer, Inc., the leader in social engineering security testing, awareness and training, today announced the release of the fifth annual Social-Engineer Capture the Flag Report, compiled from the Social-Engineer Capture the Flag competition at DEF CON 22.

The SECTF contest is conducted to raise awareness of the growing threat social engineering poses and to provide a live demonstration of specific techniques commonly used by malicious attackers to siphon information from unsuspecting targets. Social-Engineer’s annual SECTF report details the complex open source information gathering process, the live calls that contestants perform, and explores specific attack methods leveraged to extract information from target companies. The report also highlights emerging threat vectors, realistic pretexts and catalogs the types of information attackers commonly seek. Finally, the report details mitigation strategies that can be taken to improve corporate security awareness across organizations.