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Abstract Title: The Art of Human Hacking


During this presentation, a former CIA Intelligence Officer who spent over two decades breaching the security of target organizations overseas will share methodologies utilized by today's threat actors to circumvent the technological controls, policies and procedures put in place to safeguard organizations and their data. The presentation will begin with the criteria for the selection and analysis of a target entity. Insider targets are then identified and assessed using social media platforms. Following assessment, a variety of advanced social engineering techniques are introduced and demonstrated. Recommendations for minimizing the likelihood of becoming a target are discussed as well as what tools need to be provided in the workplace to empower employees and contractors to effectively shut down and appropriately report social engineering attempts

Peter Warmka
Peter Warmka

Founder, Counterintelligence Institute

Peter Warmka is a former Senior Intelligence Officer with the CIA having over 20 years of experience in breaching the security of target organizations overseas. He is an Adjunct Professor at Webster University's Masters in Cybersecurity Program, Founder of Orlando, Florida based firm Counterintelligence Institute, LLC and author of the non-fiction book "Confessions of a CIA Spy - The Art of Human Hacking."
He is passionate about using his expertise in helping city, state and federal government entities, non-profits, academic institutes, private companies, and individuals to safeguard their sensitive proprietary and personal data.
In addition to conducting his signature training program, Mr. Warmka is a frequent conference speaker, guest podcaster, and author of numerous publications on social engineering and the manipulation of insiders.
He received a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a master’s degree in International Business Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management. Mr. Warmka is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and Certified Instructor at CIA University (CIAU).

Luke Bencie
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