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CircleCityCon is a community-centered, regional information security conference celebrating its second anniversary in 2015 at the Westin Indianapolis on June 12-14. This Indianapolis-based forum attracts attendees from throughout the Midwest to celebrate the search for knowledge.

Its signature offering are the community-led training classes available to all participants. Events and contests are organized by members of the security community, including both CircleCityCon staffers and community partners. Additionally, three speaking tracks, incredible entertainment, and technical villages help round out the conference experience.

The orchestration of speaking and training sessions differentiates CircleCityCon from other events. Several courses and talks address social engineering from the analysis, attack and defense perspective.

My session, “Intelligence Analysis by Design,” applies principles from design thinking to enhancing the resilience of business process against social miscreants.

circlecityconThis workshop draws from my experience in the DefCon social engineering Capture the Flag contest. I used Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) to profile the assigned target, collecting environmental information from which to create believable pretexts.

This is where design principles came into play, as they helped me design pretexts incorporating organizational culture, staff roles and rationales supporting my queries for information. Businesses can use this method to frustrate similar efforts.

As if talks and training were not enough, this event has even more to offer attendees. This year celebrates the partnership of Hak4Kidz and CircleCityCon.

Hak4Kidz is “an event by ethical hackers and information security professionals dedicated to bring the educational and communal benefits of whitehat hacking conferences to children and young adults. Following in the tradition of DefCon Rootz, this program nurtures the next generation of security professionals. Furthermore, the conference features a network-based Capture the Flag contest and a social engineering contest led by a DefCon Black Badge recipient.

An African proverb states: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Join us at CircleCityCon to contemplate where the future may take us and how we can go there boldly!


foxAbout the Author: Steven Fox is the Senior Cybersecurity Officer at the Internal Revenue Service. His cross-disciplinary, international perspective regarding security issues informs his efforts with numerous working groups, including the IPv6 transition team and the Security and Privacy workgroup. He is also a syndicated security risk blogger, and he frequently volunteers his time to the Ponemon Institute and Circle City Con.

To read an interview with Steven Fox on U.S. and EU privacy laws, please click here.

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