Westchester, IL (PRWEB) March 16, 2009 —Social engineering is evolving so rapidly that technology solutions, security policies, and operational procedures alone cannot protect critical resources. Even with these safeguards, hackers commonly are able to get employees into compromising corporate security. Victims, most often than not, unknowingly provide the sensitive information needed to bypass network security and at times even unlock workplace doors for strangers. While attacks on human judgment is a possibility for even the best network defence systems, companies can mitigate the risk of social engineering with an active security culture that evolves as the threat landscape changes. Gartner reported in 2004 that the greatest security risk over the next 10 years will be the increased use of Social Engineering (SE) to bypass IT security defences. Most have seen the proliferation of SE attacks especially when it comes to phishing and its many variants. And with many high profile cases like Paris Hilton’s cell phone, Sarah Palin’s email account, Madoff’s ponzi scheme and the campaigns of both Obama and McCain being compromised, the predictions are proving to be correct.

A security-aware culture must include ongoing training that consistently informs employees about the latest security threats, along with policies and procedures that reflect the overall vision and mission of corporate information security. This emphasis on security helps employees understand the potential risk of social-engineering threats, how they can prevent successful attacks, and why their role within the security culture is so important to corporate health. Employees who are aware of security issues are better equipped to recognize and avoid the rapidly changing and increasingly sophisticated social-engineering attacks, and hence are more willing to take ownership of security responsibilities.

So ChicagoCon is introducing this bi-annual security event which has this completely original, highly technical and simplified, relevant 5-Day course, the Social Engineering Master Class (http://www.chicagocon.com/2009s/semasterclass.html), developed and taught by world-renowned social engineers, Chris Nickerson of TruTV’s Tiger Team and noted expert and international speaker, Mike Murray.

ChicagoCon (http://www.chicagocon.com) is a security event with 2 distinct components, training and a conference, both of which have a focus on Ethical Hacking. Ethical Hacking is defined as Ethical hacking is also known as penetration testing, intrusion testing, and red teaming. It is conducted by ethical hackers to find possible problems in the system.. The Spring Edition is set for May 2009. And without an exhibit hall full of vultures, the attendees are free to learn from the pros and network with peers to advance their practical knowledge and ultimately their careers.

Here’s the schedule in a nutshell:

Friday May 8

2:00 PM – Keynote: Raffael Marty, Chief Security Strategist for Splunk
3:00 PM – Ryan Jones, Lares Consulting
4:00 PM – Tim Rosenberg, White Wolf Security
5:00 PM – Pizza Party
6:00 PM – CtF Sponsored by Core Security

Saturday May 9

9:00 AM – Keynote: Dr. Marc Rogers, Cyber Forensics Program at Purdue
10:00 AM – Chris Gates (CG) & Vince Marvelli (g0ne), Full Scope Security
11:00 AM – Craig Heffner & Derek Yap, SourceSec Research Group
12:00 Noon – Ryan Linn & Brian Wilson, The Ethical Hacker Network
1:00 PM – Lunch
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Exotic Liability Live!
6:00 PM – Closing

And the Extra-Curriculars…

  • Workshop: Hacking the Web 2.0 with HP’s Rafal Los (Starts at 2:30 on Sat)
  • “The Doctor Is In” Career Counseling with Mike Murray (All Day Sat)
  • “Lock Picking 101″ with Defcon Veteran Karen Maeda (All Day Sat)
  • Evening Entertainment

Conference Only Tickets are available for just $100. Click here for Conference Details and Registration (http://www.chicagocon.com/2009s/conference.html).
To reach this highly targeted market, please review the sponsorship opportunities (http://www.chicagocon.com/2009s/sponsorshipops.html).
About The Digital Construction Company:
TDCC is a Chicagoland business with a mission to educate and push the careers of IT professionals through its properties including The Ethical Hacker Network and ChicagoCon. ChicagoCon is a Service Mark of TDCC.
Donald C. Donzal, CISSP, MCSE, CEH, Security SME
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