March 10, 2021 • RBS

Categories: Vulnerabilities

Jayson Street, VP of Infosec at SphereNY, joins Jake Kouns, CEO and CISO at Risk Based Security to talk about COVID’s effect on social engineering, security conferences, the security industry and mental health.

Jayson is the author of “Dissecting the hack: The F0rb1dd3n Network” and is the creator of the website, Dissecting the Hack. He has spoken at DEFCON, DerbyCon, UCON and at numerous other conferences and colleges on a variety of Information Security subjects.

The security industry has undergone some radical changes due to the pandemic with conferences being put on the side line and disrupting workflows. But COVID-19 has also had a serious impact on how threat actors adapt their social engineering practices. What new methods are they employing and how can organizations better prepare themselves?

Show Notes

0:00 – Speaker introductions
3:48 – Definition of social engineering
5:40 – Social engineering and pentesting 
7:40 – Impact of COVID on social engineering practices
12:15 – Jayson’s proudest onsite assessment 
17:55 – What’s unsettled about conducting onsite assessment
23:26 – Tips on physical security for companies getting back to the office
25:50 – Today’s perspective on Jayson’s RVASec 2014 talk “The Hacker in the Funhouse Mirror”
29:20 – A look ahead at Jayson’s 2021 & 2022 RVASec talks 
32:15 – Handling life without conferences
35:14 – Value of virtual security conferences
38:28 – Cool new security tools

Further Reading

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