Pell Center

It’s not just computers getting hacked: people are getting hacked too. More than 70% of all data breaches in the last year involved phishing or some other type of social engineering.1 That means that one of the weakest links in computer security is, well, us. Hackers are using these social engineering techniques to get passwords, credit card data, patient data and other personal information that we all look to protect.

The Pell Center at Salve Regina University is hosting New England’s first social engineering conference on Saturday, June 16, 2018, to explore these attacks and their defenses.

The full-day conference will bring together some of the best minds in the field of social engineering, including Christopher Hadnagy, author of “Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking.”

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The event will also feature:

· Talks on “How to Rob a Bank Over the Phone” and “Social Engineering Your Way Into a Career”;

·  A panel with the winners of the “Social Engineering Capture the Flag” competition at the popular hacker conference DEF CON; and

· Academic research on social engineering from Dr. Aunshul Rege, a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University.

The conference was created by Rhode Island resident Patrick Laverty, who works in the cybersecurity industry helping companies find and fix their weaknesses.

  • WHAT: Social Engineering RI
  • WHERE: Pell Center, Salve Regina University, Newport, RI
  • WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 16, 2018
  • Contact: Patrick Laverty, 401-440-2194


More information about the conference can be found at More information about social engineering and the annual competition can be found at:

1 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report 2018:

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