April, 2014

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Telling fortunes in information security?


I’m actually in London to attend BSidesLondon and InfoSecurity Europe. I had the great opportunity to write a guest blog article for the InfoSecurity blog. My article has been published here. Happy reading!

Introduction to Social Engineering

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Some very motivated IT Students from the Erasmus Hogeschool Brussels organized today (and tonight) an event around information security called EHackB2014 with online games, demos and workshops around security. I was contacted a few weeks ago by Bert Van Rillaer, the professor helping students to organize the event as a keynote speaker.

Instead of speaking “bits & bytes“, I decided to present some facts about human hacking or “social engineering“. Indeedn, why spend huge amount of time to break into a system, if it can be accomplished by “abusing” a human? XKCD has a wonderful example about this:¬†xkcd.com/538.

My slides are available on slideshare.net:

It was a nice experience. Lot of students attended my keynote. I also got interesting questions about jobs in information security. Good to see that some fresh blood will jump on the bandwagon in the coming years.

I would like to congratulate the organizers for the warm welcome, the excellent organization! Good job for a first shot!