A Hacker's Perspective on the Human Element in Security

Tue. September 26| 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM | C144

With IT, industrial control, and intelligent building systems under increasing cyberattacks, it is important to understand who initiates the threats and what tricks they use to perpetrate a hack. From a criminal’s perspective, the human is often the weakest element in a security program, and the most effective access control or detection systems will fail if people cannot or will not abide by security policies and procedures. Subverting or exploiting the human element is often the most effective way to achieve a criminal’s goal. Explore the weaknesses of the human element in the context of both physical attacks and cyber attacks.

Session Number: 5111

Priority Subject Matter: Communicating/Demonstrating the Value of Security, Cyber Security, Hot Topic/Current Event

Event Structure: Lecture

Learning Objectives: Learn who hackers are and the motivations that drive them.; Learn about psychological and cognitive vulnerabilities that may be exploited. ; Participate in a live human hacking demonstration.

Handout(s): 37027_.pdf, Wolf.pdf

Supported By

Information Technology Security Council


Coleman Wolf

Coleman Wolf, CPP

Security Practice Leader

ESD Global, Inc.