Social-Engineer Announces DEF CON 23 SECTF Results

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Do you know what a motivated attacker can do to almost any organization with just a phone and 25 minutes? If you missed the 2015 Social Engineering Capture the Flag at DEF CON 23, you now have the opportunity to hear about how both competitors and target companies performed at a complimentary webinar, presented by Social-Engineer, LLC.

Social-Engineer, LLC, a prominent industry leader in social engineering vulnerability assessment and training, announced today that it will host a complimentary webinar to reveal the results and a detailed analysis of the the Social Engineering Capture the Flag (SECTF) competition. The competition, which has rapidly grown to be one of the most high profile events at the DEF CON Hacking Conference in Las Vegas, is held annually to demonstrate the ways in which attackers may exploit human vulnerabilities via a simple phone call. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, December 1 at 1:00PM EST. To register for the webinar please visit:

“For many years corporate America has been focusing only on the technical aspects of information security breaches,” said Chris Hadnagy, President and CEO of Social-Engineer, LLC, “but since more breaches are a result of psychological manipulation and human error, that view has begun to shift. We hope this competition is eye-opening for both individual users and organizations about the serious risk posed by social engineering attacks.”

This year the SECTF competition featured 12 different contestants from diverse backgrounds, industries, and experience levels testing their social engineering skills against their targets and the clock. Each year, the Social-Engineer team introduces a new element to the competition to keep both contestants and organizations on their toes - this year proved to be no exception. At the start of the competition, Hadnagy announced that the organizations featured in this year’s competition were from the same industry, telecommunications, and as a result audience members had the opportunity to see how well-known service providers such as AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and Dish Networks fared.

“Each year we make changes to keep the contest interesting and more challenging for the competitors, but each year the data indicates that corporate America is not well prepared to meet the social engineering threat. Unfortunately, this year was no different,” said Michele Fincher, Social-Engineer’s Chief Influencing Agent.

The upcoming webcast will focus on performance from both the preliminary reporting and live-call portions of the competition, how the telecommunications industry fared, what this year’s data reveals about the social engineering landscape, and an overall security score for each targeted company. The official SECTF report will be released on Monday, November 30th, and will provide an outline of the detailed process contestants must undergo and individual performance in addition to flags obtained throughout the course of the competition.

What: Social-Engineer DEF CON 23 SECTF Results
When: Tuesday, December 1, 1 PM EST/ 10 AM PST
Presented by: Chris Hadnagy, Chief Human Hacker and Michele Fincher, Chief Influencing Agent, Social-Engineer, LLC.
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About Social-Engineer, LLC – Security testing, awareness and training

Social‐Engineer, LLC is the premier consulting and training company specializing in the art and science of social engineering (SE). Social tactics are an established and quickly growing trend in information security in the forms of phishing, phone elicitation (vishing), and impersonation.

With over three decades of combined experience, Social-Engineer assists organizations in government, law enforcement, and the private sector in detection and mitigation of the devastating effects of both physical and information breaches. Social-Engineer focuses on the abilities of a hostile attacker to exploit the human element of businesses to gain access to corporate assets. Through assessment, education and training Social-Engineer helps organizations protect themselves and their trade secrets. To learn more about professional social engineering services please visit:

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