Social‐Engineer, Inc. is the premier consulting and training company specializing in the art and science of social engineering (SE). Rather than technical security penetration testing, we stress the human as the weak link, highlighting the abilities of a hostile attacker to influence and manipulate people in order to gain physical access or access to vital information.
Created as the professional services and training side of Social-Engineer.org, we assist our clients in protecting themselves and their assets through proper education and preparation. With over three decades of combined experience, Social-Engineer has assisted organizations in government, law enforcement, and the private sector detect and mitigate the devastating effects of both physical and information breaches.
Although you may find social engineering services offered through network security vendors, be aware that social engineering background and attack vectors are unique, based in decades of research, and distinctly separate from technical network security testing. For additional information on social engineering, please visit our educational site, Social-Engineer.org.
Chief Human Hacker
Chris Hadnagy, aka loganWHD, is the President and CEO of Social-Engineer, Inc. He specializes in understanding the ways in which malicious attackers are able to exploit human weaknesses to obtain access to information and resources through manipulation and deceit. He has been in security and technology for over 16 years.
Chris is a graduate of Dr. Paul Ekman’s courses in Microexpressions, having passed the certification requirements with an “Expert Level” grade. He also has significant experience in training and educating students in non-verbal communications. He also hold certifications as an Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) and an Offensive Security Wireless Professional (OSWP).
Chris has written a number of articles for local, national, and international publications and journals to include Pentest Mag, EthicalHacker.net, and local and national Business Journals. In addition, he is the author of the best-selling book, Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking.
Chris has developed one of the web’s most successful security podcasts. The Social-Engineer.Org Podcast spends time each month analyzing an individual who must use influence and persuasion in their daily lives. By dissecting their choices and actions, we can learn to enhance our abilities. That same analysis applies to the equally-popular SEORG Newsletter. Over the years, both have become a staple in most serious security practices and are used by Fortune 500 companies around the world to educate their staff.
Finally, Chris has launched a line of professional social engineering training and penetration testing services at Social-Engineer.Com. His goal is to assist companies in remaining secure by educating them on the methods used by malicious attackers. He accomplishes this by analyzing, studying, dissecting, then performing the very same attacks used during some of the most recent incidents (i.e. Sony, HB Gary, LockHeed Martin, etc), Chris is able to help companies understand their vulnerabilities, mitigate issues, and maintain appropriate levels of education and security.
Chief Influencing Agent
Michele Fincher’s background includes training and education as well as information security, with experience in both government contracting and the private sector.
Michele graduated with academic distinction with a Bachelor of Science degree from the US Air Force Academy and also holds a Master of Science degree from Auburn University. She is a US Air Force veteran and served as a tactical communications electronics maintenance officer. After obtaining her graduate degree, she finished her USAF career as an assistant professor and National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC) at the US Air Force Academy. Her counseling duties included the assessment and treatment of the cadet population for issues ranging from study skills to post-traumatic stress disorder.
Upon separating from the Air Force, Michele worked in the semiconductor industry, where her duties included product engineering and technical support of customers and a sales force covering the western half of the United States and central and southern Europe. She went on to hold positions with a research and software development firm in support of the US Air Force Research Laboratory as well as an information security firm, conducting National Security Agency appraisals and Certification and Accreditation for federal government information systems. Finally, she has provided training and education on various technical subjects for law enforcement, the intelligence community, and the private sector in venues to include the Black Hat Briefings and Techno Security. She is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Michelle “Mikka” Bosch
Chief Business Stimulator
Michelle Bosch, aka “Mikka” is the Chief Business Stimulator at Social-Engineer, Inc. Mikka joins our organization offering over 10 years experience in sales, business development and partner relations. She has a long distinguished career in Business Development within the technology industry.
Mikka has successfully built a loyal clientele amongst technology companies and continues to add value to these relationships through referrals and new business opportunities. Mikka has also built strong alliance partnerships with Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, Motorola, SAP and Microsoft.
A self-initiating, take ownership personality who strives to make an impact within the organization. An avid networker and evangelist for the organization. Passionate about creating a positive corporate culture and building something greater as a team rather than just as individuals.
More recently, Mikka has been focusing her attention on the world of Social Engineering…helping corporations develop strategies for defending against both technological and human hackers. As a student of Social Engineering, she has developed an appreciation for the importance of educating her clients on the importance of employee awareness, security practices and preventive technologies.
Human Educator Interfacer
Robin Dreeke is a certified practitioner in the use of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®), Emotional Intelligence (EQ-I 2.0), and the Personal Discernment Instrument (PDI). Robin is an expert trainer, project manager, author, and group facilitator with a substantial background in leadership, adult learning and facilitation, both within the US Government and with private sector organizations.
Robin is a 1992 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and former U. S. Marine Corps Officer. For the past 15 years, Robin has been in the FBI, currently serving as the head of the elite Behavioral Analysis Program of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division.
Robin has studied interpersonal relations and behavior for the past 23 years. Through his professional roles and his passionate interest in this field, he has developed his own unique interpersonal techniques and tools. Synthesizing his expertise in Myers-Briggs, Emotional Intelligence and other areas, Robin has developed his own highly effective techniques for improving performance in the field of interpersonal communication. His most recent book is It’s Not All about “Me”: The Top Ten Techniques for Building Quick Rapport With Anyone, ” a pocket manual for teaching you to break through walls and tear down the blockers people put up to building strong, unbreakable bonds.
Robin is the lead instructor at the FBI’s Counterintelligence Training Center in all behavioral and interpersonal skills training. He is also an adjunct instructor for the FBI’s National Academy in the area of publishing, interviewing, and public speaking. He is the co-developer and lead trainer in social engineering soft skills for Social-Engineer.com. Additionally, Robin routinely conducts workshops and seminars for government, military, and private-sector organizations across the country.