wombatsecurity | April 23, 2015

Wombat Security President and CEO Joe Ferrara Featured Speaker at Interop Las Vegas 2015 and the Dark Reading Cyber Security Crash Course at Mandalay Bay Hotel

Joe Ferrara, President & CEO of Wombat Security Technologies, to Present Social Engineering: Lessons from the Real World

Pittsburgh, PA – April 23, 2015 - Wombat Security Technologies (Wombat), a leading provider of cyber security awareness and training solutions, today announced the company’s participation at Interop Las Vegas 2015. Joe Ferrara, President and CEO of Wombat, will present at Dark Reading Cyber Security Crash Course and InfoSec & Risk Management Track at a this two-day event. Crash Course is a full day of cyber security speed sessions, focusing on the component blocks of robust enterprise security. It covers the essentials that IT teams need to identify vulnerabilities, and prevent infiltration. Wombat will present on Social Engineering, and outline steps to strengthen a company’s overall stance against cyber-attacks including innovative employee security awareness and training strategies. The speed session, “Social Engineering—How Users Get Fooled (And How to Stop It),” will take place at Mandalay Bay Hotel on Wednesday, April 29, from 2:30-3:00 p.m. A panel Q & A will close the Crash Course Summit.

In addition, Joe Ferrara will present “Social Engineering: Lessons from the Real World,” on Friday, May 1, during the InfoSec & Risk Management Track, also at Mandalay Bay. Mr. Ferrara will be available directly following this presentation for a question and answer session intended for members of the media who are interested in the topic of security awareness and training.

“According to the 2015 Verizon Data Breach Infections Report, the percentage of people opening phishing messages has actually increased in the last year,” said Joe Ferrara, President and CEO of Wombat. “This is an indicator that too few people understand social engineering threats and have the knowledge to protect themselves and their companies from attacks.”


The Dark Reading Cyber Security Crash Course Speed Session, “Social Engineering: How Users Get Fooled (And How to Stop It),” will uncover ways that cybercriminals exploit end user vulnerability to disguise and deceive. Real world incidences will provide a framework of what organizations must to do identify, mitigate and prevent social engineering attacks from being successful. This session offers an overview of the key concepts behind social engineering, including:

  • Vulnerability assessments to ensure buy-in from C- level executives
  • Overview of exploits and the importance of educating everyone who touches company information by 1) making it relevant to their particular role and 2) putting it in context for them
  • Listening to users to ensure metrics on successful elements of your training program
  • Viewing security awareness and user training as critical, more than just a Compliance issue or check box item

The Q & A Panel: Will allow participants to ask questions about Social Engineering and other topics from the Crash Course in a collegial, supportive atmosphere.

The InfoSec & Risk Management Session, “Social Engineering: Lessons from the Real World,” will identify ways social engineering has been used in most of the major security breaches over the last few years. In general, people are easier to trick than computers and security systems. What are the methods that cyber criminals and other attackers are using today to trick users into clicking on an attachment or giving up their logon credentials? What do these attacks look like, and how can end users be trained to avoid them? In this unique session, Ferrara will offer real-life demonstrations of these attacks and show you, step by step, how end users are fooled into downloading malware or giving away sensitive information. There will also be a discussion of how to defend against these attacks through both training and technology.


Joe Ferrara is the President and CEO of Wombat Security Technologies. Recently Ferrara was a finalist for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia and received a CEO of the Year award from CEO World. Joe has provided expert commentary and has spoken at numerous information security industry events including RSA Europe, the CISO Executive Network forum, ISSA International, and many regional information security conferences. His security awareness articles have been published in Network World, CSO magazine, Dark Reading, TechWorld, FierceCIO, Computerworld, and many others. Joe brings more than 20 years of experience in technology leadership, marketing, and operations to his role at Wombat.

Dark Reading is a comprehensive news and information portal that focuses on IT security, helping information security professionals manage the balance between data protection and user access. Led by Editor In Chief Tim Wilson, Dark Reading serves as a security dashboard for busy IT professionals keeping them informed on what's new or how well it works.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015, from 2:30 to 3:00 pm PST  Crash Course Speed Session

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, from 5:30 to 6:00 pm PST  Crash Course Q & A Panel

Friday, May 1, 2015, from 10:15 to 11:15 pm PST  InfoSec & Risk Management Session


Mandalay Bay Hotel
3950 S. Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89119

For more information about Interop Las Vegas 2015 and Dark Reading Cyber Security Crash Course and the conference schedules, please visit http://www.interop.com/lasvegas/conference/?itc=we_ilv_le_ilv_nav_text and http://www.interop.com/lasvegas/conference/dark-reading.php?itc=we_ilv_le_ilv_nav_drp_text.

About Wombat Security Technologies

Wombat Security Technologies provides information security awareness and training software to help organizations teach their employees secure behavior.  Their SaaS cyber security education solution includes a platform of integrated broad assessments, as well as a library of simulated attacks and brief interactive training modules. Wombat's solutions help organizations reduce successful phishing attacks and malware infections up to 90%. Wombat, recently named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Security Awareness Computer Based Training, is helping Fortune 1000 and Global 500 customers in industry segments such as finance, technology, banking, higher education, retail, and consumer packaged goods to strengthen their cyber security defenses.


Lorraine Kauffman-Hall


Amy Baker
412-621-1484 x 115