Social Engineering the Classroom

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There are those who loved school and those who, like Ferris Bueller, loved getting out of school. You really can’t get much more classic SE than Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but where the movie focused on the power of manipulation and rapport to escape, SEORG is getting more and more reports of students focused on the study of SE in the classroom. What exciting news that InfoSec programs are taking SE so seriously! Our own Chris Hadnagy is even helping further this type of study as an adjunct instructor for Carnegie Mellon University.

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What comes after the huffing and puffing?

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In the midst of all the recent articles about information breaches, a trend is emerging. We seem to be hearing more lately that prevention of breaches, while not to be ignored, should not be the sole focus of digital or physical security programs. More news articles, tweets from the infosec community, and even commercial products Continue Reading >

Implicit Bias – Chances Are, You Have One

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Here’s an oldie but goodie. A man and his son are in a serious car accident and both are taken to the emergency room, unconscious. The boy is wheeled immediately into surgery. The surgeon takes one look at him and says, “I can’t operate on this child, he’s my son.” Who is the surgeon?

Let’s Go Vishing

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Vishing, or eliciting information over the phone, is a common social attack vector. It’s proven to be one of the most successful methods of gaining information needed to breach an organization, even when used by an inexperienced attacker. When you can’t hack your way through your pentest, when you can’t break in with your red-team, Continue Reading >

Post-Cyber Monday survival

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Congratulations! You survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday (personally, I’m holding out for “Free Cookies Friday”), but what now? You could sit back and enjoy your spoils of war, ahem, I mean shopping, or you could start a new tradition: Post-Cyber-Monday checklist. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Maybe it’s not up there with “Free Cookie Friday” Continue Reading >