The presentations that will be given at Social Engineering RI
Panel: Social Engineering CTF Champions!
A panel with Social Engineering CTF champions from DefCon and DerbyCon! Hear how they did it, what was their strategy, and tips they can give for others for getting into the soundproof booth! This panel features:
"So You Wanna Be an SE? - Breaking Into the Field"
By Chris Hadnagy (@HumanHacker)
Social Engineering Your Way To An Infosec Career
By Paul Asadoorian (@SecurityWeekly)
Want a fantastic career in Infosec? Maybe you want to be the next security startup founder? Having goals is good, but the question becomes "How do I get there?" Social engineering on the surface, may not sound like a good tactic to having an amazing career or creating a startup company, but it certainly helps. There are many social engineering strategies I've learned in recent years that apply directly to your career. Technical proficiency is but one aspect of your infosec career. Communication, teamwork, sales, marketing and other so-called "soft skills" are equally as important. And guess what? Many of those activities become easier by applying social engineering research. In the past few years I've been on numerous sales calls (with mixed success), presented at conferences, rejected by some conferences, successfully pulled off webcasts, failed at some webcasts, and the list goes on. In this presentation, I will share with you the techniques and tactics I've learned that helped my infosec career and business. I have built these skills by interviewing people, working with a diverse set of people, reading books, and lessons learned from failures. So come and learn from my mistakes and social engineer your way to a great infosec career!
Become a Human nMAP! - Cultivating a 'Renaissance Approach' for the Socal Engineer
By Tigran Terpandjian (@th3CyF0x)
As a security analyst with an atypical entry into the information security world, one of my research questions posed in social engineering is why reading a diverse array of topics is beneficial to the social engineer, be it something they are passionate about or not. In building upon Defcon 24's presentation at the Social Engineering Village by Tomohisa Ishikawa: "Does Cultural Differences become a barrier for social engineering?" cultural differences presented by different countries place emphasis on different genres; therefore, what one person from a certain country holds dear, the other may not. Therefore, your reconnaissance, pretexts and elicitations and the support required must be able to adapt. I have found this to be true. Reading/Watching/Listening like a 'Renaissance individual (knowledgeable on a variety of topics but not limited to select ones) ameliorates this challenge. The answer came from a combination of attending the Advanced Practical Social Engineering course in 2016 and a self-reflection; all the reading I loved and hated as a child and as an adult has given me an extensive web to build rapport through as a social engineer and improve my elicitation to procure more information . In my talk, I would like to discuss how to develop a strategy and which areas to focus on so you would be available to navigate even through the 'darkest of waters' and the 'coldest of individuals' and get information you would need. This talk is a combination on the topics of Social Engineering and Reconnaissance
An Analysis of the Size and Impact of Digital Footprints
By Whitney Maxwell (@WhitneyNMaxwell)
Personal information available online is known as a digital footprint. While many have a digital footprint, few if any, know what it encapsulates or how to control it. Technology and personal information are becoming more intertwined as technology becomes more integrated with everyday activities. Personal information can be defined as details that apply to a person such as race or shopping habits. Shopping habits are considered personal information by many corporations who spend money to track, or even predict purchases of individuals, whereas more traditional forms of personal information are details like gender, birthdate, and home town. With a wide breadth of personal information available, not all of it is equally valuable or personally unique. This project is dedicated to determining the content and size of a digital footprint, and assessing its impact for an individual by defining the discoverability of that content.
Make Vishing Suck Less By Jonathan Stines (@fr4nk3nst1ner) The purpose of this talk is to describe methodologies which one could follow when performing telephone pretexting. Social dynamics have changed over the years causing the entry barrier to being successful with Vishing more difficult and talking on the telephone less comfortable. The aim of this speech will be to crack the code for a newb getting started so he or she can hit the ground running, jump on the horn, and start pwning some folks like it's 1989.
Trape: the evolution of phishing attacks (Internet people research)
By Jose Pino (@jofpin) and Jhonathan Espinosa (@st4nn)
Trape is a recognition tool that allows you to track people and make phishing attacks in real time, the information you can get is very detailed. Objective is to teach the world through this, how the big Internet companies could monitoring you, getting information beyond your IP, such as the sessions of your sites or Internet services.
How to Rob a Bank Over The Phone
By Joshua Crumbaugh (@nagasecurity)
This talk will be 50% real audio from a social engineering engagement and 50% lessons learned from the call. During this call I talk a VP at a bank into giving us full access to his computer as well as facilities. At one point during the call, the AV triggers (thanks to a junior submitting the payload to virustotal :)). This is an intense call with a ton of valuable lessons for any social engineer or defender looking to learn how to identify attacks.
A Proven Methodology for Open-Source Intelligence Gathering and Social Engineering
By Robert Stewart (@RizzyRong) and Emilie St. Pierre (@L4bf0x)
We are Emilie St-Pierre and Robby Stewart, and have extensive experience with all types of social engineering engagements, from physical to electronic and have presented on the subject in the past.
We are working to develop a methodology for Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) Gathering, and templates for Electronic Social Engineering (ESE) engagements. By gathering data from past Rapid7 ESE engagements we're able to compile the following data points.
Social engineering class project for undergraduate students in multiple disciplines
By Aunshul Rege (@prof_rege)
This talk shares an educator's attempt to involve undergraduate students across multiple disciplines in experiential learning (EL) class projects on social engineering. Specifically, it focuses on three sub-projects that were implemented in the Spring 2018 semester: (i) shoulder surfing where student teams competed against each other, (ii) laptop distraction, where student teams attempted to convince Temple University Computer Services employees to leave their laptops (designed for the class exercise) so that the students could remove a bogus 'intellectual property' file and place a fake 'malware' program on the employees' machines, and (iii) convince individuals on Temple University campus to take a selfie with team members and a funny prop. Through each of these activities, students learn about social engineering tactics and self awareness.
The talk uses the cyclical EL model and its five stages: Experience; Share; Process; Generalize; and Apply to illustrate how students engage in these projects. It highlights several benefits, such as fostering multidisciplinary dialog, developing qualitative research skills, understanding adversarial mindsets, and appreciating the non-technical aspects of cyberattacks. This talk uses students' and the educator's reflections as a narrative to discuss ongoing efforts, struggles, challenges, and lessons learned.
Social Engineers are Jerks. Equipping Your Staff to Deal With Them and Get You in the Loop.
By Jen Fox (@j_fox)
When most people realize that they are social engineering targets, it is stressful for them. In this moment of stress and pressure, they will now make a decision that will affect the security of your organization and its data. It is easy in a post-mortem to examine details carefully, identify clues and mistakes, and understand with 20/20 hindsight the path someone should have taken. What can we do to equip our staff to make better decisions when they don't have these luxuries?
This presentation will examine the ways people respond when they become aware they are being social engineered (hear the audio!). It will describe a case study of targeted awareness and prevention training to help staff respond to suspicious calls/emails, communicate with each other and report appropriately.
Participants will learn:
Social Engineering At Work - How to use positive influence to gain management buy-in for anything
By April Wright (@aprilwright)
Do you understand how to navigate office politics and regularly get what you want and need to make your security efforts take off and be successful? Are there projects or programs you want to institute, but have trouble getting started or knowing how to get people on-board? Most of us understand how SE can be used to test for human vulnerabilities, but socializing at work may give us a yucky feeling. However, if you really want to learn how to get buy-in for your ideas or projects and get what you want, you need to be able to navigate the social system at work and exert indirect influence. It is possible to study and reverse the "dark arts" of SE to actually achieve positive goals; SE principles are used every day by savvy business people to make things happen, even if they don't realize that they're using them. Let's define ways even the most introverted person can play the corporate game in a non-malicious non-manipulative way. Then, we can use this knowledge within our organizations to improve our security posture, "sell" security to stakeholders, and lessen risk. Learn how to utilize the tools of SE "for good" so that we can better serve our infrastructures and customers.
Lea Snyder (@_leisures)
Patrick Laverty (@plaverty9)