Why is IT security diligence needed on April Fools day? Mostly because of pranks but the excitement of the day may generate increased activity relative to unethical hacking.

IT Security Professionals Beware: April Fool’s Day 2015!

Many people trace the origins of April Fools’ Day back to 1582 when Pope Gregory XIII adopted the Gregorian Calendar, effectively moving New Year’s Day from the end of March to 1 January. Though the change was widely publicized, some people didn’t get the memo, while others simply didn’t want to transition to the new…

2015 – Ten Signs of a Great Penetration Tester

I have had the privilege of working with some great IT auditors, penetration testers (pen-testers), ethical hackers and social engineering experts. I have worked for them, worked with them and many have worked for me. Here are ten personality factors, skill assets, behavioral nuances and simple things to look for in beefing up your security…

Hacking the limbic system through social engineering as a penetration test.

Series: Quick Social Engineering Part 1 – Personal Persuasion

Anyone with access to any part of a system, physically or electronically carries at least the same potential security risk as the IT systems themselves. Why test the strength of your organization’s people? One simple word: Limbic. The primary area of the brain that deals with stress is its limbic system. Because of its enormous…