How To Be A Hacker - A Beginners Guide

Tuesday 10 March 2009, 17:45 for 18:30

Ian Mann MBA BEng, Senior Systems Consultant with ECSC


Just how easy is it for an individual to equip themselves with the knowledge to attack your business? This presentation guides you through just how easy it is for someone with intent to learn how to be a hacker.

In addition, You will see fascinating examples of how extensive IT security infrastructure can be easily bypassed with even the most basic Social Engineering techniques. Includes advanced psychological techniques, used by malicious attackers to manipulate your staff into aiding and abetting security breaches.

Do you want to know:

  • Just how you are visible when you connect to the Internet
  • When your home computer is a more attractive target than your business
  • The simple steps to create a hacking toolkit in less than an hour
  • How to bypass all your IT security with some simple Social Engineering techniques
  • Why elite technical skills are no longer needed to conduct damaging hacking attacks
  • Some of the human limitations of an information security approach based on IT security technology.

WARNING: This presentation is designed to help you protect yourself. In the wrong hands its contents could be dangerous. You should not pass this information on to anyone with malicious intent.

About the speaker:

Ian Mann MBA BEng is a Senior Systems Consultant with ECSC. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and is a Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Assessor (PCI QSA).

Ian is the author of ‘Hacking the Human - Social Engineering Techniques and Countermeasures’ from Gower Publishing. He is a visiting lecturer at Bradford University for the Masters in IT Security and Forensics, and has co-authored a paper at the European Conference on Information Warfare and Security.

Previously, Ian was a member of the BS7799-3 (ISO 27005) ISMS Risk Management Panel helping to author the standard. He was on the UKOnline for Business Expert Panel, and also a CESG Listed Advisor (CLAS) with GCHQ, holding security clearance.

Summary provided by ECSC.

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