Be The Change – Education, is it working?

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An article from Dark Reading came out earlier this month that is still getting a lot of traction in the news. What’s the big band wagon that everyone is scrambling to jump on? It’s simple. Train employees on social engineering tactics. The article points out that more than half of security professionals say that social engineering tactics work so well because employees are not educated enough to combat them.

Why is everyone quoting this simple and yet suddenly poignant fact? Because in the last couple of months the number of “big” hacks have gone from a couple a year to a couple a month and now a couple in a week (Snapchat, Kmart, Target, Staples, Home Depot). Are attacks escalating, is there better accountability, or is the media just reporting it more? Interesting question. We will look into it and get back to you on that one next month.

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DerbyCon 4.0 – Family Rootz

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“This is DerbyCon” where the final words echo’ed in a very emotional closing video that David Kennedy put together for the ending of the DerbyCon 4.0 Conference. Its a con… why would it affect anyone so strongly?  Don’t we all just go to these things to see new hacks, spend some quality time with beer Continue Reading >

The Social-Engineer Polygraph Challenge

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Lots of questions have been coming in regards our DerbyCon Contest to be held at our Social-Engineer, Inc. sponsor booth.  So let me take a few moments to answer the questions and outline the competition. We wanted to have something fun, challenging and also unique.  Chris reached out to the National Institute of Polygraph Examiners and Continue Reading >

DerbyCon 4.0 & Social-Engineer

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Social-Engineer is on the road again! This time you’ll see our friendly faces popping up in Louisville, KY at DerbyCon, 24-28 September. In true SEORG style, we’ll be hitting the ground at 150 mph leaving secret decoder rings and lock picks in our wake. You’ll have plenty of chances to say hello to Chris and meet Continue Reading >

DEF CON 22: The SEVillage 2.0

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The sweat has finally dried and we are back to the normal swing of things here at Social-Engineer. I scoff at my own ridiculous self as I write that sentence and say, “What is normal?” But never-the-less, we wanted to give you a small glimpse of the craziness that was DEF CON 22 and the Continue Reading >

Winning the SECTF – DEF CON 22

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As written by Stephanie Carruthers The Social Engineering Capture The Flag (SECTF) is a competition that is held at DEF CON. The competition is comprised of two parts, an information gathering phase and live call phase. A target company is randomly assigned and the information gathering stage begins with research of the company (by only using Continue Reading >