With more than thirty years of experience in exploring computer security, Kevin Mitnick is a largely self-taught expert in exposing the vulnerabilities of complex operating systems and telecommunications devices. His hobby as an adolescent consisted of studying methods, tactics, and strategies used to circumvent computer security, and to learn more about how computer systems and telecommunication systems work.
In building this body of knowledge, Kevin gained unauthorized access to computer systems at some of the largest corporations on the planet and penetrated some of the most resilient computer systems ever developed. He has used both technical and non-technical means to obtain the source code to various operating systems and telecommunications devices to study their vulnerabilities and their inner workings.
As the world’s most famous (former) hacker, Kevin has been the subject of countless news and magazine articles published throughout the world. He has made guest appearances on numerous television and radio programs, offering expert commentary on issues related to information security. In addition to appearing on local network news programs, he has made appearances on 60 Minutes, The Learning Channel, Tech TV’s Screen Savers, Court TV, Good Morning America, CNN’s Burden of Proof, Street Sweep, and Talkback Live, National Public Radio, and as a guest star on ABC’s spy drama “Alias”. Mitnick has served as a keynote speaker at numerous industry events, hosted a weekly talk radio show on KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles, testified before the United States Senate, written for Harvard Business Review and spoken for Harvard Law School. His first best-selling book, The Art of Deception, was published in October 2002 by Wiley and Sons Publishers. His second title, The Art of Intrusion, was released in February 2005. Mr. Mitnick’s autobiography was released in August 2011 and is a New York Times best-seller.
THE ART OF DECEPTION: ARE YOU IN DANGER OF BEING ‘CONNED’?
Join us to hear the world’s most famous former hacker share his perspective on the threat of “social engineering”-a highly effective type of attack that exploits the human element of corporate security.
While relatively unknown to the general public, the term “social engineering” is widely used within the computer security community to describe the techniques hackers use to deceive a trusted computer user within a company into revealing sensitive information, or trick an unsuspecting mark into performing actions that create a security hole.
Mitnick illustrates why a misplaced reliance on security technologies alone, such as firewalls, authentication devices, encryption, and intrusion detection systems are virtually ineffective against a motivated attacker using these techniques.
Although there are no reported statistics on the number of successful social engineering attacks, these ages-old techniques have been and continue to be extremely effective against unsuspecting targets, and pose the least risk and cost to your adversary.
In the corporate environment, a large number of unsuspecting victims never realize they have been manipulated. Will your employees be the next? Through concrete examples, Mitnick shares what your business can do to develop a creative and engaging security program that heightens awareness, motivates employees to change their attitudes, influences them to think defensively, and encourages the adoption of good security habits.
THE ART OF INTRUSION: HOW HACKERS COMPROMISE YOUR SECURITY AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT
To truly protect your organization’s valuable information, you must move beyond knowledge of the dangers and learn from real, “you are there” case studies shared by Mr. Mitnick himself. Kevin Mitnick, the world’s most famous (former) hacker, spent several years gleaning insights from the hacker community and gathering critical lessons-learned.
In this dynamic and riveting presentation, Mr. Mitnick shares how hackers ply their trade and offers concrete and actionable guidance to help you strengthen your defenses.
He’ll reveal the hair-raising details of real-life computer break-ins, how the perpetrators hacked in and how they successfully covered their tracks. More importantly, Mr. Mitnick will share how you can prevent these same horror stories from being repeated in your organization. In addition, you will learn cost-effective counter measures and indispensable tips for bringing everyone in your organization on-board to offer maximum protection.
WIRELESS INSECURITY: IS YOUR NETWORK VULNERABLE?
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GHOST IN THE WIRES: THE UNBELIEVABLE TRUE STORY OF KEVIN MITNICK’S LIFE AS THE WORLD’S MOST WANTED COMPUTER HACKER
Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable. But for Kevin, hacking wasn’t just about technological feats—it was an old fashioned confidence game that required guile and deception to trick the unwitting out of valuable information.
Driven by a powerful urge to accomplish the impossible, Mitnick blazed through computer systems and networks at several globally known corporations. But as the FBI’s net began to tighten, Kevin went on the run, engaging in an increasingly sophisticated cat-and-mouse game that led authorities through false identities, a host of cities, plenty of close shaves, and an ultimate showdown with the Feds, who would stop at nothing to bring him down.
Kevin will discuss his adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Computer Hacker and demo some of the tricks that hackers use today to break into computer systems and networks.
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