The World's Most Famous Hacker Is Coming to Auckland This August

Thursday 16 June 2016

The World's Most Famous Hacker Is Coming to Auckland This August

Once the FBI’s most wanted hacker, and now a world leading cyber security authority, Kevin Mitnick will prove that ‘one foot in the door is all it takes’ to threaten the stability of an organisation.

Visiting NZ for the first time, Kevin Mitnick will address business leaders on his insights on cyber threats, current trends and the role that social engineering plays - and what can be done to mitigate the risk of cyber attacks.

The event in Auckland on August 22, will feature a 'live hacking' demonstration, Mitnick will show how multiple devices can be exploited, exposing the vulnerabilities of organisations in an impressive and unsettling presentation.

Cybercrime is the second most reported economic crime and while many organisations still view it is an IT issue – it is not.

Cyber threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated and persistent, evolving beyond the capabilities of traditional security responses. It is now imperative for Executive Management and Boards to take a leading role in managing this risk in order to protect their organisations share value, intellectual property, client information and reputation.

This event with Kevin Mitnick will not only provide a perspective rarely seen – that from one of the world’s most famous ‘black hat’ hackers, but it may also serve as a catalyst for a reassessment of security processes in organisations – from the boardroom to the basement.

Who Is Kevin Mitnick?
As a young man, Kevin Mitnick became the world’s most notorious black hat hacker, known as the “World’s Most Wanted” social engineer and computer hacker by the FBI.
From the 1970s up until his last arrest in 1995 Kevin Mitnick skilfully eluded and bypassed corporate security safeguards, penetrating some of the most well-guarded systems, including, amongst countless others, the likes of IBM, Sun Microsystems, Digital Equipment Corporation, Motorola, Netcom, and Nokia.

Mitnick has since reinvented himself as a white hat hacker. He is now a trusted security consultant to the Fortune 500 and governments worldwide

He is the leader of the world's top Security Penetration Testing Team.
Kevin Mitnick and The Global Ghost Team™ maintain a 100 % successful track record of being able to penetrate the security of any system they are paid to hack into using a combination of technical exploits and social engineering.
Mitnick also mentors leaders, executives, and staff on both the theory and practice of social engineering, topics of which he is the leading global authority. He has been called before Congress (both the House and the Senate) to testify on security matters affecting the USA. He has also been a commentator, security analyst, and interview subject on CNN, CNBC, Al Jazeera, CBC, BBC, Radio Moscow, Tech TV, and 60 Minutes to name a few.

Kevin's books include Art of Intrusion: The Real Story Behind the Exploits of Hackers, Intruders and Deceivers and Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security, which are mandatory readings for security professionals. His autobiography, Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker, a New York Times best seller, is now available in fifteen languages.

Examples Of Mitnicks Work
A major internationally recognised credit bureau wanted an external party to challenge their
security. Mitnick Security's team was deployed and simulated threats by black-hat attackers against the bureau. Using physical exploits and social engineering, the team penetrated critical systems and data centres. The team could access the credit reports and personal information of consumers. As a result of the findings and recommendations, the bureau was able to dramatically improve their security.

The government of Ecuador was under the threat of having the presidential election stolen by hackers or hostile foreign governments capable of destabilising the country. Mitnick Security's team was engaged to protect and monitor the systems that tabulated Ecuador's 2013 elections to prevent tampering and manipulation. Vulnerabilities were assessed, and security was improved. The elections went smoothly and all unwanted activities were blocked.

What clients say:
"Kevin showed me the check he had written to himself using our internal system for $6 million; I knew all of our preconceived notions of security had to be changed." CEO, Financial Company

Fortune 500 "In two weeks, $4 billion worth of our data and intellectual property was sitting in front of me on an external drive! My own team told me nothing was missing, the same team that had said hacking us would be impossible." CEO, Software Company - Fortune 500


Sky City Convention Centre - August 22