IOActive’s Security Consultants to present Social Engineering PenTest: Using the Dreaded Telephone
Seattle, Wash—November 2, 2011. IOActive, a leading provider of application security, compliance, and smart grid security services, today announced that Mike Ridpath and Matias Brutti will present Social Engineering PenTest: Using the Dreaded Telephone at the second annual BayThreat security conference in San Francisco. This year BayThreat’s focus is straightforward: building and breaking security, with one track devoted to each topic, tackling opposite sides of the security fence. “As Security Professionals, it’s up to us to take that dichotomy and mold it into the shades of gray we use to protect our environment.”
What could be worse than making a cold call? Socially engineering someone over the phone can have the same effect as talking to a chat-bot if you know what you’re doing. Ridpath and Brutti will review the psychology and sociology of the cold call and share personal techniques that have worked for them on over 100 engagements. They will present their findings on the difference between male and female targets, and play sanitized examples of successful calls to highlight the challenges and advantages of social engineering over the phone, instructing the audience on ways to protect themselves and their companies.
WHAT Social Engineering PenTest: Using the Dreaded Telephone
WHERE Hacker Dojo. 140A South Whitsman Road, Mountain View, CA 94041
WHEN December 9, 2011. 11:00 am.
HOW For more information, visit the BayThreat website.
About Mike Ridpath
Mike Ridpath has worked at IOActive for only two years, but during that time his talent has lead to his becoming an experienced security consultant, working with platinum-level clients on network and application penetration tests, PCI compliance, and general consulting engagements. Prior to IOActive, Ridpath was in senior management as a product developer and on governing boards for multiple training and process improvement companies, where he worked with risk analysis and various process improvement methodologies. He has recently presented at Black Hat USA, ToorCon Seattle, BSides Portland, and the WSCPA of Seattle.
About Matias Brutti
Matias Brutti is a Senior Security Consultant at IOActive, where he uses his deep experience in enterprise-level application and network assessment/consultation. At IOActive he performs penetration testing, identifies system vulnerabilities, and designs custom security solutions for clients in software development, telecommunications, financial services, and professional services. Mr. Brutti has performed security assessments and PCI DSS security support services for companies in the Fortune 100, and has five years’ experience working on all manner of compliance projects. He most recently presented talks at ToorCon Seattle, BSides Portland, and at the WSCPA of Seattle.
Established in 1998, IOActive is an industry leader that offers comprehensive computer security services with specializations in smart grid technologies, software assurance, and compliance. Boasting a well-rounded and diverse clientele, IOActive works with a majority of Global 500 companies including power and utility, hardware, retail, financial, media, aerospace, high-tech, and software development organizations. As a home for highly skilled and experienced professionals, IOActive attracts talented consultants who contribute to the growing body of security knowledge by speaking at such elite conferences as Black Hat, Ruxcon, Defcon, BlueHat, CanSec, and WhatTheHack. For more information, visit www.ioactive.com.