Some of the greatest “hackers” on Earth are not very skilled at computer hacking. Indeed, humans are generally far easier to hack than computers using Social Engineering -- the art of coaxing people to do what you want.
In this presentation, I will first give an overview of some popular social engineering techniques and their consequences. Then, we will walk through some case studies of real-world hacks that were only made possible through social engineering. Finally, we look at how certain technologies can mitigate or eliminate social engineering attacks in general. Humans will always be fallible. However, I hope this talk will be interesting, informative, and help guide future security decisions to help us all avoid these powerful attacks.