Open Source Bridge 2016

I am really excited to be a speaker at OSBridge 2016! 

I will be delivering my talk, Security Starts with You: Social Engineering, at 2:30 on the 22nd of June. 

There will be a lot of talented individuals delivering some really interesting talks during the conference. I'm particularly looking forward to Julia Nguyen's Exploring Mental Illness With Open Source, Noah Kantrowitz's Behind Closed Doors: Managing Passwords in a Dangerous World and Terri Oda's Sparkle Security

These conferences provide a great platform for experts in their fields to come and talk about their passions, what’s at the cutting edge, and the things that most people seem to forget about. Every one is a chance to learn something new, or see something you thought you knew from a totally different perspective.

Check out the event schedule and set the date – there’s bound to be a few talks you can’t afford to miss!

Security Starts With You: Social Engineering

Virus? There’s an app for that. Malware? There’s an app for that. Social engineering? It's a little more complicated. These techniques, used by hackers to gather information on their target, are hard to combat without education - so why don’t we talk about them more often? Aimed at the average user who could be targeted by such an attack, this talk discusses the tools of social engineering, how it can be combated and why so many companies fail in preparing their employees for such an attack.


Technology news often reports on malware, viruses and backdoors but they rarely discuss the soft skills hackers use in conjunction with technology to collect information on targets. This lack of discussion leaves companies vulnerable. This talk will focus on explaining what Social Engineering is, why it’s important and describing the tactics employed by attackers in a way that the average technical user, who is most likely to be targeted, will understand.

For those with a deeper interest in combating social engineering, the talk will also examine why so many companies are delivering poor employee education and failing to get stakeholder buy-in which would create an informed, alert and invested corporate environment, while touching on ways to better address security training within a corporate setting to increase effectiveness of countermeasures. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of Social Engineering and the challenges it poses to the security sector.