Social Engineering (SE) is a blend of science, psychology and art. While it is amazing
and complex, it is also very simple.
We define it as, “Any act that influences a person to take an action that may or may not be in their best interest.” We have defined it in very broad and general terms because we feel that social engineering is not always negative, but encompasses how we communicate with our parent, therapists, children, spouses and others.
Since SE is not always negative it merits a closer look at how it is used both for the good and the bad. Our research shows that the exact same principles that are used to get a raise or communicate with your spouse or children are often used by malicious scammers and social engineers to part you and your company from data, information, money and more.
Just a few years ago, we decided to start writing a course on social engineering and how it is used by penetration testers and security enthusiasts. That process gave birth to the “Social-Engineering Framework”. That framework became the centerpiece for this website and branched off into the podcast, newsletter, two books and now a company that helps corporations learn how to combat and mitigate the effects of malicious social engineering.
To accomplish this task, we have built a team of professional social engineers, psychologists, researchers, scientists and security enthusiasts. We have then worked with, interviewed and learned from some of the greatest and brightest scientific minds in the world to bring you a resource that will dive deep into the art, science and psychology of the Human Operating System
Meet the Team
Chris "loganWHD" Hadnagy
Chief Human Hacker, Social-Engineer, Inc and lead developer, author and professional social engineer.
Chief Influencing Agent, Social-Engineer, Inc., former US Air Force Academy professor, field-trained counselor and serious kicker of all butts.
Kazuyuki "Kazilla" Nishi
Chief Baby Sitter… Just trying to stay sane and control the chaos. Superpower – making you feel good that you just got yelled at.
Amanda "ORGINAGGER" White
Official nagger to the human hacker. Lover of color coded lists and organization. I have never lost a shirt in my life.
Supporting a group of social engineers is not easy, and that is why Mike has the job. Dedicated, supportive and always smiling.
President and CEO of Trusted Sec, developer of The Social-Engineer Toolkit, professional pentester, and comedic relief for the podcast.
Ripper of hearts and destroyer of souls. Enough said.
Daniel Falk is a security engineer for fortune 500s and he is the lord of all servers and master of the server-verse for the Social-Engineer Team.
Old gray guy who designs, builds and secures complex IT infrastructures, works part-time in a distillery, collects and drinks whiskey, rides a bicycle, shoots guns and makes lists. Not necessarily in that order. Lives by the motto “That which doesn't kill you makes a damn good story!"
What Jim really means is... I got here some goodin edumacashuns, and i sounding realluyz smarty.!"
Thomas d'Otreppe “Mister X” is a wifi hacker and the author of Aircrack-ng, a Wi-Fi auditing suite. He has designed Offensive-Security WiFu, a proactive wireless security course, with Mati Aharoni and also contributed to BackTrack Linux. He works as a software developer for Main Nerve.
Often dabbling in RF, sarcasm, satellite/terrestrial communication, and critical infrastructure destruction, he is in his element behind digital radio equipment, satellite and digital audio encoders, and generally anything that makes LOUD NOISES.
A junior social engineer that loves to break stuff. He spends way too much time with Google and Maltego, and has an inordinate love for imgur.
A human risk analyst and hardware hacker at Social-Engineer, LLC. When he isn’t hacking people and building things he likes to make robots, drink coffee, and get his butt kicked in jiu jitsu.
Professional Social Engineer, hacker, and juggler of projects thrown her way by the Chief Human Hacker. She likes to hear the lamentations of system administrators around the globe. In her downtime she enjoys surfing (actual waves) then enjoying a good glass of scotch afterwards.