Abstract: The human factor serves as both the primary defense and the initial vulnerability in the face of cyber threats. It is often the first target for threat actors seeking a successful cyberattack. Threat actors meticulously identify, assess, and manipulate key personnel within a target organization to enhance their human hacking activities through social engineering strategies. Social engineering is the skillful exploitation of trust, empathy, and cognitive biases to mislead and manipulate individuals into revealing confidential information, granting unauthorized access, or engaging in actions they would otherwise avoid. This malicious practice encompasses a wide range of techniques, including impersonation, pretexting, phishing, and baiting, all aimed at exploiting human vulnerability. This webinar aims to provide a thorough understanding of human hacking by delving into the mindset of threat actors and highlighting the tactics and methodologies they employ throughout the process. It draws upon the expertise of a former CIA operative to offer valuable insights into how threat actors identify, assess, and manipulate insiders in their quest to breach security and obtain high-value intelligence. Additionally, it aims to highlight the proactive approaches that both businesses and individuals can adopt to protect themselves from being a target of human hacking.
- Exploring why humans are prone to human hacking
- Delving into threat actors and their goals
- Understanding the role of social media platforms in identifying potential social engineering targets
- Leveraging insider motivations and weaknesses for advanced social engineering
- Understanding the rise of deep fake technology
- Key actionable steps to avoid becoming a victim of human hacking
Peter Warmka, Human Hacker and Founder of Counterintelligence Institute
Peter Warmka is a former senior intelligence officer with the CIA, with over 20 years of experience in breaching the security of target organizations overseas. He is an adjunct professor at Webster University’s Masters in Cybersecurity Program, founder of Orlando-based Counterintelligence Institute, LLC, and author of the non-fiction book “Confessions of a CIA Spy – The Art of Human Hacking.” He is passionate about helping the city, state, and federal government entities, non-profits, academic institutes, private companies, and individuals to safeguard their sensitive proprietary and personal data. In addition to conducting his signature training program, Peter is a frequent conference speaker, guest podcaster, and author of numerous publications on social engineering and the manipulation of insiders.
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