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Profiling Online Personas: Are We Sharing Too Much?

  • Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 11:00 AM EDT (2017-03-23 15:00:00 UTC)
  • Lance Spitzner, Micah Hoffman

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Overview

Do you know someone who uses the same username across multiple social media sites? What about friends that share their personal information with anyone in the world by not securing their online profiles? Attackers commonly gather data from victim profiles prior to attacking them with phishing emails, identity theft attempts and other cyber attacks. We will look at common techniques attackers use to gain access to personal information and how, upon aggregation, that bit of data about a target that may be scattered across many websites becomes much more useful. Finally, we will discuss method of making it more difficult for attackers to execute these techniques on you, your family and your friends.

Speaker Bios

Micah Hoffman

Micah Hoffman has been active in the information technology field since 1998, working with federal government, commercial, and internal customers to discover and quantify cybersecurity weaknesses within their organizations. As a highly active member of the cybersecurity and OSINT communities, Micah uses his real-world Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT), penetration testing, and incident response experience to provide customized solutions to his customers and comprehensive instruction to his students.

Over the years, Micah has conducted cyber-related tasks like penetration testing, OSINT investigations, APT hunting, and risk assessments for government, internal, and commercial customers. Micah's SANS coursework, cybersecurity expertise, and inherent love of teaching eventually pulled him toward an instructional role, and he's been a SANS Certified Instructor since 2013. He's the author of the SANS course SEC487: Open Source Intelligence Gathering and Analysis, and also teaches both SEC542: Web App Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking and SEC567: Social Engineering for Penetration Testers.


Lance Spitzner

Lance Spitzner has over 20 years of security experience in cyber threat research, awareness and training. He invented the concept of honeynets, founded the Honeynet Project and published three security books. Lance has worked and consulted in over 25 countries and helped over 350 organizations plan, maintain and measure their security awareness programs. In addition, Lance is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Cyber Security Alliance, frequent presenter, serial tweeter (@lspitzner) and works on numerous community security projects. Before working in information security, Mr. Spitzner served as an armor officer in the Army's Rapid Deployment Force and earned his MBA from the University of Illinois.

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