The success of social engineering must frustrate those responsible for an organization’s digital security. There is no simple solution or device that will take social engineering off the bad-guys’ play list. And, if anyone knows that, it is Kevin Mitnick — one of the more, if not the most, successful social engineers. Mitnick, at one time the most wanted computer criminal in the US, paid his dues and started Mitnick Security Consulting. Mitnick now uses his undeniable talent to help corporations secure their networks. Calling some of the top organizations in the world his clients, he proudly states, “We maintain a 100-percent successful track record of being able to penetrate the security of any system we are paid to hack into using a combination of technical exploits and social engineering.” J. Peter Bruzzese, Office 365 MVP and well-respected writer, witnessed first-hand Mitnick’s capabilities. Bruzzese recently spoke at a secureCIO event in Dallas where Mitnick gave the keynote address. “Mitnick did a few demonstrations at the event that scared the bejeebers out of the audience,” writes Bruzzese in this InfoWorld blog post. “He showed how he could steal a person’s identity within two minutes by simply using his or her name. […]
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