How Online Attackers Find Out About Your Organization

Whether they are large or small, most targeted cyberattacks begin with some simple research on your organization. This process of collecting “open source intelligence” (OSINT) may include discovering employee information on e-mail or social networks, investigating your enterprise via sophisticated search techniques or the Dark Web, or basic social engineering methods that fool trusted users into giving up credentials or other information. In this fascinating webinar, top experts discuss the methods that online attackers use to perform “reconnaissance” on your organization – and they offer advice on how you can make it more difficult for attackers to collect the information they need to launch an exploit.

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Featured Speakers

  • Michele  Fincher
    Michele Fincher
    COO and Chief Influencing Agent
    Social-Engineer, LLC

    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 Counselor, Assistant Professor, and the Executive Officer in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership. Upon separating from the Air Force, Michele went on to hold positions with a research and software development firm in support of the US Air Force Research Laboratory as well as an information security firm, conducting National Security Agency appraisals and Certification and Accreditation for federal government information systems. She also returned to the USAF Academy, once again in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, as a civilian instructor. At Social-Engineer, LLC, Michele is a senior penetration tester and trainer with professional expertise in all facets of social engineering vectors, assessments, and research. A remarkable writer, she is also the talent behind many of the written products of Social-Engineer, LLC, including numerous reports and assessments, blog posts, and the Social-Engineer Newsletters. Michele is also the co-author of the very popular book, Phishing Dark Waters: The Offensive and Defensive Sides of Malicious Emails. Michele is an often-requested trainer and speaker on various technical and behavioral subjects for law enforcement, the intelligence community, and the private sector in venues including the Black Hat Briefings, RSA, Techno Security, SC Congress, and the Advanced Practical Social Engineering training course. Michele has her Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Engineering from the US Air Force Academy and her Master of Science in Counseling from Auburn University. She is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

  • Chris  Hadnagy
    Chris Hadnagy
    CEO, Founder & Chief Human Hacker
    Social-Engineer, LLC

    Christopher Hadnagy, is the founder and CEO of Social-Engineer, LLC. Chris possesses over 16 years experience as a practitioner and researcher in the security field. His efforts in training, education, and awareness have helped to expose social engineering as the top threat to the security of organizations today. Chris established the world’s first social engineering penetration testing framework at, providing an invaluable repository of information for security professionals and enthusiasts. That site grew into a dynamic web resource including a podcast and newsletter, which have become staples in the security industry and are referenced by large organizations around the world. Chris also created the first hands-on social engineering training course and certification, Advanced Practical Social Engineering, attended by law enforcement, military, and private sector professionals.

  • Bob  Adams
    Bob Adams
    Cyber Security Strategist

    Bob Adams joined Mimecast in early 2015 as a Sales Engineer and was recently promoted to become the Product Marketing Manager for Security. Email Security is Bob's passion and as the threat landscape evolves, he spends his time understanding the anatomy of attacks. He works closely with our Product Management team to continually enhance our products and devise new ways to protect our customers.

  • Sara  Peters
    Sara Peters
    Executive Editor
    Dark Reading

    Sara Peters is Senior Editor at Dark Reading and formerly the editor-in-chief of Enterprise Efficiency. Prior that she was senior editor for the Computer Security Institute, writing and speaking about virtualization, identity management, cybersecurity law, and a myriad of other topics. She authored the 2009 CSI Computer Crime and Security Survey and founded the CSI Working Group on Web Security Research Law -- a collaborative project that investigated the dichotomy between laws regulating software vulnerability disclosure and those regulating Web vulnerability disclosure.

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