ISECOM Workshop: Smarter, Safer, Better

March 20, 2012 (at 9 a.m.)

One thing all victims of scams and fraud have in common: they all wonder how they didn’t see it coming. There are things we do and can’t explain why. It comes from our conditioning, both learned and genetic, which builds a roadmap in our minds that we just follow. It can even make us do things we later realize we didn’t want to. These are our “triggers”. If it’s done indirectly it’s called “priming”. Among our friends we might say that “they knew how to push my buttons” and whether we like it or not, they got a reaction out of us.

Sometimes this conditioning leads to the development of bad habits or in more extreme cases, addiction. It chooses our behavior before we even consciously think about it. Unfortunately there are very few ways that this roadmap can actually be changed so we are more aware of our own choices- you know, making sure they actually come from us and not some form of button pushing. And all those ways require you know what your “buttons” are.

Unlike any other security awareness course around, you will learn to feel through what’s wrong. This seminar will make you aware of your triggers and how priming affects us. We will show how we think, how we believe, and how we are manipulated because of it. And most importantly we will practice how to feel these triggers so you learn when someone is trying to use them against you and what to do about it.

Technical Details:

This seminar is for anyone at any security level. It includes the basics in practical use of trust metrics and security controls from the OSSTMM 3. Students will learn the basics in security analysis to apply to most all situations.

Pete Herzog

About the Trainer Pete Herzog is a security professional, neuro-hacker and managing director for the non-profit security research organization, ISECOM. He created the first social engineering methodology for quantifiable testing of human security for OSSTMM 2.1 in 2002. By 2003 he created Trust Metrics for measuring the amount of trust one can put in anything in a quantifiable manner which was added to OSSTMM 3 in 2010. In 2009 Herzog began working with brainwave scanners and tDCS to directly manipulate the brain and understand how people learn and focus attention. In 2013 he released the Security Awareness Learning Tactics (SALT) project to specifically design security awareness based on the neuro research. You can read more about Pete here: