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Friday, May 20 • 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Executive Forum Lunch Presentation: Phishing Dark Waters – Where the River Meets the Sea

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Phishing has become the most highly employed and successful social engineering attack
vector in recent history. Even smaller organizations that have traditionally been safe
have become targets as we’ve become more connected as a world. If you have
information, someone wants it.

Do you really understand a phishing attack? Do you know how to prepare yourself and
educate your people? Phish are often designed to cast a wide net, but it only takes one
person to compromise your company. The days of the simple 419 phish have given way
to breaches that combine convincing pretexts and multiple attack vectors. The modern
attacker understands influence, manipulation, and the use of spellcheck.

Join me as I discuss the offensive and defensive sides of this deceptively complex form
of social engineering. I’ll look at some of the most common techniques employed by
attackers to gain an understanding of how a phishing campaign is put together and why
they succeed. You don’t need a psychologist to understand why a particular phish is
effective, but it helps to have insight into the things that make people click.

I’ll also outline what you can do to protect your organization. Learn how to incorporate
all of this information into a phishing program that provides immediate feedback on the
health of your organization and a concrete path to demonstrate improved security.
Although it’s only one part of an overall security awareness program, phishing is an area
that we can no longer afford to view as a nuisance.

At the end of this presentation, I hope to leave you with an understanding how phish are built, why they work, and what to do to defend yourself. You have something that someone else wants. See that they don’t get it.

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Michele Fincher

Chief Operating Officer, Social-Engineer, Inc.
Michele Fincher is the Chief Influencing Agent of Social-Engineer, LLC, possessing over 20 years experience as a behavioral scientist, researcher, and information security professional. Her diverse background has helped solidify Social-Engineer, LLC’s place as the premier social engineering consulting firm. As a US Air Force officer, Michele’s assignments included the USAF Academy, where she was a National Board Certified... Read More →

Friday May 20, 2016 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Ballroom D