Valerie Thomas

Company : Securicon LLC

Confessions of a Social Engineer: Why Developers Are My Favorite Target

Social engineers use a dangerous combination of technology and old fashioned con artistry to infiltrate organizations every day. In this talk we'll walk through the social engineering process including research, target selection, attack selection, and attack execution. Learn to see the world through the eyes of a social engineer and prevent yourself from being a victim.


Valerie Thomas (hacktress09) is a Senior Information Security Consultant for Securicon LLC that specializes in social engineering and physical penetration testing. After obtaining her bachelor's degree in Electronic Engineering, Valerie led information security assessments for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) before joining private industry. Throughout her career, Valerie has conducted penetration tests, vulnerability assessments, compliance audits, and technical security training for executives, developers, and other security professionals. Additionally, Valerie has presented at multiple BSides events, Derbycon, Blackhat, Defcon, HackMiami, and several other conferences.