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Nov 24, 2014

In this episode

  • We revisit the 'human' side of hacking
  • Chris tells us all about the Defcon CTF his team has hosted
  • We discuss the role human nature plays in social engineering, or "Why the bad guys always win"
  • Chris gives us his tips for making it harder for social engineers
  • Michael and Chris talk metrics and measuring "getting better"



  • Chris Hadnagy @HumanHacker ) - Chris Hadnagy (author of Social-Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking and Unmasking the Social Engineer: The Human Element of Security) is a speaker, teacher, pentester, and recognized expert in the field of social engineering and security.

    Chris Hadnagy is the President and CEO of Social-Engineer, Inc. He has spent the last 16 years in security and technology, specializing in understanding the ways in which malicious attackers are able to exploit human weaknesses to obtain access to information and resources through manipulation and deceit.

    Chris is a graduate of Dr. Paul Ekman’s courses in Microexpressions, having passed the certification requirements with an “Expert Level” grade. He also has significant experience in training and educating students in non-verbal communications. He hold certifications as an Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) and an Offensive Security Wireless Professional (OSWP).

    Finally, Chris has launched a line of professional social engineering training and penetration testing services at Social-Engineer.Com. His goal is to assist companies in remaining secure by educating them on the methods used by malicious attackers. He accomplishes this by analyzing, studying, dissecting, then performing the very same attacks used during some of the most recent incidents (i.e. Sony, HB Gary, LockHeed Martin, Target, etc), Chris is able to help companies understand their vulnerabilities, mitigate issues, and maintain appropriate levels of education and security.

    Chris has developed one of the web’s most successful security podcasts, The Social-Engineer.Org Podcast, and the equally-popular SEORG Newsletter. Over the years, both have become a staple in most serious security practices and are used by Fortune 500 companies around the world to educate their staff.

    You can find Chris's articles for local, national, and international publications and journals, including Pentest Mag,, and local and national Business Journals.