Security Starts With You: Social Engineering

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Scheduled: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:15pm in B304

Excerpt

Virus? There’s an app for that. Malware? There’s an app for that. Social engineering? It's a little more complicated. These techniques, used by hackers to gather information on their target, are hard to combat without education - so why don’t we talk about them more often? Aimed at the average user who could be targeted by such an attack, this talk discusses the tools of social engineering, how it can be combated and why so many companies fail in preparing their employees for such an attack.

Description

Technology news often reports on malware, viruses and backdoors but they rarely discuss the soft skills hackers use in conjunction with technology to collect information on targets. This lack of discussion leaves companies vulnerable. This talk will focus on explaining what Social Engineering is, why it’s important and describing the tactics employed by attackers in a way that the average technical user, who is most likely to be targeted, will understand.

For those with a deeper interest in combating social engineering, the talk will also examine why so many companies are delivering poor employee education and failing to get stakeholder buy-in which would create an informed, alert and invested corporate environment, while touching on ways to better address security training within a corporate setting to increase effectiveness of countermeasures. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of Social Engineering and the challenges it poses to the security sector.

Tags

Social Engineering, security, education

Speaking experience

I have taught STEM subjects to classes k-12 students and delivered content at Connecting Women IBM UK Events in Scotland.

Speaker

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    Biography

    Tibbs recently graduated from the University of West of Scotland with a degree in computer security. She has relocated to Portland, OR, where she evangelizes for privacy and security while contracting as an open source Security Evaluation Engineer at Intel. She is passionate about encouraging small children to take the plunge into STEM and about laughing at cats on the internet.

    Sessions

      • Title: Security Starts With You: Social Engineering
      • Track: Theory
      • Room: B304
      • Time: 2:303:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        Virus? There’s an app for that. Malware? There’s an app for that. Social engineering? It’s a little more complicated. These techniques, used by hackers to gather information on their target, are hard to combat without education – so why don’t we talk about them more often? Aimed at the average user who could be targeted by such an attack, this talk discusses the tools of social engineering, how it can be combated and why so many companies fail in preparing their employees for such an attack.

      • Speakers: Tiberius Hefflin

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