Whether con games are played in the digital world or the physical one, getting someone to lower their guard with a clever ruse makes the life of a thief that much easier. In the vernacular of hackers, this is called social engineering. Social engineering is about hacking the human mind, something that in many ways is significantly easier than finding a new software vulnerability and using it as a gateway into your enterprise. One way to get hold of that information is to target people according to their jobs and interests, and there is perhaps no greater source of data on those subjects than social networks.
Paul J. Comessotti is Canadian Regional Director for Check Point Software Technologies Inc., a worldwide leader in securing the Internet. His background of over 15 years includes previous leadership positions with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and MaX Systems, a value added reseller delivering network and solutions provider to the Canadian marketplace. Based in Calgary, Comessotti joined Check Point in 2001. Leveraging a strong channel background allows him to engage the reseller community to assist in their growth and expansion through security-focused solutions, plus helping resellers deliver comprehensive security services across Canada.
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