Of course you do!
If you don’t know who Chris Nickerson is…then you should. Chris is the founder of Lares Consulting, was on the Tiger Team TV show and also a frequent speaker at security conferences who talks about tiger team/red team operations. He also talks about how social engineering is more important then ever to include in your penetration testing program. I couldn’t agree more! In fact, he’s giving a free webcast with Mike Murray on March 10th called “Modern Social Engineering – A Vital Component of Pen Testing”.
Via the Carnal0wnage Blog:
“The world of Information Security is changing. Budgets are tighter, attacks are more sophisticated, and the corporate network is no longer the low hanging fruit. That leaves web-enabled applications as the vector-du-jour, but that well is quickly drying up for organized crime as well. As they creep up the OSI Model looking for easier ways to steal your corporate assets, they are quickly making their way up the stack to the unspoken 8th layer, the end user. So what is the next step in the never-ending escalation of this cyber war?
To find out, we must do as Sun Tzu taught. “Think like our enemy!” That is, after all, the primary tenet of penetration testing AKA ethical hacking, isn’t it? After years of hardening physical systems, networks, OSs, and applications, we have now come full circle to a new dawn of attack. People are now the target of the advanced hacker, and the cross-hairs are focused squarely on their foreheads… literally. It is only a matter of time before corporations feel the pain of wetware hacking requiring a new approach to testing and defense. “
You can sign-up for the webcast here. Also, Chris and Mike are doing a “Social Engineering Master Class” at ChicagoCon this year which looks awesome! Looks like there are only 25 seats so check it out if you can. Interestingly enough Chris has just started blogging so be sure to check out his blog. If that wasn’t enough…we (Security Justice) recorded a special edition podcast with Chris in which he talks about his adventures on the Tiger Team TV show.