Philly ETE 2015 #46 – Valerie Thomas – Social Engineering Overview: How to Prevent Your Company from Getting Hacked

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Abstract:

Social engineers use a dangerous combination of technology and old-fashioned con artistry to infiltrate organizations every day. In this talk we’ll walk through the social engineering process including research, target selection, attack selection, and attack execution. Learn to see the world through the eyes of a social engineer and prevent your company from being a victim.

About Kunal:

Valerie Thomas is a Principal Information Security Consultant for Securicon, LLC that specializes in social engineering and physical penetration testing.

After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering, Valerie led information security assessments for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) before joining private industry. Valerie is the co-author of Building an Information Security Awareness Program: Defending Against Social Engineering and Technical Threats with Bill Gardner. Throughout her career, Valerie has conducted penetration tests, vulnerability assessments, compliance audits, and technical security training for executives, developers, and other security professionals.