Pittsburgh, PA – July 17, 2013 – Wombat Security Technologies (Wombat), a leading provider of cyber security awareness and training solutions, today announced the company will be sponsoring the DEF CON 21 Social Engineering "Capture the Flag" Contest, a unique event designed to challenge and test veteran and amateur social engineers and their ability to gather the information they need to attack companies. Even the most innocent piece of information, such as which third-party companies provide catering or cleaning services to an organization, can provide professional social engineers with the keys to hack a company. The information garnered during the contest proves just how important security awareness and education is and that there is no technology solution that can prevent social engineering attacks. The only defense against these attacks is knowledgeable employees.
"Wombat is excited to be sponsoring DEF CON 21's annual Social Engineering "Capture the Flag" contest which gives contestants 25 minutes to call a target company and attempt to extract as much information as possible to attack the business and win the title of "the Deadliest Social Engineer," said Joe Ferrara, President and CEO of Wombat Security Technologies. "What's great about this contest is that it improves the awareness of the tactics cybercriminals use, the information they are after, and how easily the general population provides it."
Teaching people how to protect sensitive information is fundamental to keeping themselves and their employer safe. Wombat has developed a library of software training solutions, including Social Engineering Assessments and Interactive Software Training modules that leverage learning science to teach employees how to avoid cyber-attacks. Wombat's modules cover the most current cyber security topics like Social Engineering, Smartphone Security, Safe Social Networks, Personally Identifiable Information (PII), working safely outside the office, and Password Security.
DEF CON is one of the world's largest annual hacker conventions, held every year in Las Vegas, Nevada. Many of the attendees at DEF CON include computer security professionals, journalists, lawyers, federal government employees, security researchers, and hackers with a general interest in software, computer architecture, phone phreaking, hardware modification, and anything else that can be "hacked." The event consists of several tracks of speakers about computer and hacking-related subjects, as well as social events and contests. Social Engineer Capture the Flag (SECTF) is part of the first ever Social-Engineer Village which will also have presentations and demonstrations. SECTF is a competition where amateur and veteran social engineers use publicly available information and make phone calls to gather intelligence about target organizations. One of the main purposes of this contest is to demonstrate how easy it is to acquire sensitive information and how much of a threat social engineering is to the business world.
To learn more about SECTF, please visit http://www.social-engineer.org/social-engineer-ctf-who-is-the-deadliest-social-engineer/.
About Wombat Security Technologies
Wombat Security Technologies helps organizations combat cyber security threats with uniquely effective software-based training solutions for employees. Wombat offers fully automated, highly scalable software-based training solutions, built on learning science principles. They offer mock attacks with brief embedded training, as well as a full complement of 10-minute software training modules. Wombat’s training solutions have been shown to reduce employee susceptibility to attack over 80%. Wombat is helping Fortune 1000 customers, large government agencies and small to medium businesses in segments such as finance, banking, higher education, retail, technology, energy, insurance, and consumer packaged goods strengthen their cyber security defenses. For more information visit www.wombatsecurity.com or contact Lorraine Kauffman-Hall at 704-882-0443 or firstname.lastname@example.org.