Social‐Engineer, Inc. is the premier consulting and training company specializing in the art and science of social engineering (SE). Social tactics are an established and quickly growing trend in digital security, in the forms of phishing, phone elicitation (vishing), or impersonation. Our training and expertise allow us to focus on the abilities of a hostile attacker to influence and manipulate people in order to gain physical access or access to vital information.
We assist our clients in protecting themselves and their assets through proper education and preparation. With over three decades of combined experience, Social-Engineer, Inc. has assisted organizations in government, law enforcement, and the private sector in detection and mitigation of the devastating effects of both physical and information breaches.
While some network security vendors are now starting to offer “social engineering” services, be aware that social engineering background and attack vectors are unique, based in decades of research, and distinctly separate from technical network security testing.
Meet the Social-Engineer team members
Chief Human Hacker
Chris Hadnagy is the founder and CEO of Social-Engineer, Inc. Chris possesses over 16 years experience as a practitioner and researcher in the security field. His efforts in training, education, and awareness have helped to expose social engineering as the top threat to the security of organizations today.
Chris established the world’s first social engineering framework at www.social-engineer.org, providing an invaluable repository of information for security professionals and enthusiasts. That site grew into a dynamic web resource including a podcast and newsletter, which have become staples in the security industry and are referenced by large organizations around the world. Chris also created the first hands-on social engineering training course and certification, Advanced Practical Social Engineering, attended by law enforcement, military, and private sector professionals.
A sought-after writer and speaker, Chris has spoken and trained at events such as RSA, Black Hat, and various presentations for corporate and government clients. Chris is also the best-selling author of two books; Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking and Unmasking the Social Engineer: The Human Element of Security.
Chris specializes in understanding how malicious attackers exploit human communication and trust to obtain access to information and resources through manipulation and deceit. His goal is to secure companies by educating them on the methods used by attackers, identifying vulnerabilities, and mitigating issues through appropriate levels of awareness and security.
Chris is a certified Expert Level graduate of Dr. Paul Ekman’s Micro Expressions courses, having made the study of non-verbal behaviors one of his specialties. In addition, he holds certifications as an Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) and an Offensive Security Wireless Professional (OSWP).
Chief Influencing Agent
Michele Fincher is the Chief Influencing Agent of Social-Engineer, Inc., possessing over 20 years experience as a behavioral scientist, researcher, and information security professional. Her diverse background has helped solidify Social-Engineer, Inc.’s place as the premier social engineering consulting firm.
As a US Air Force officer, Michele’s assignments included the USAF Academy, where she was a National Board Certified Counselor and Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership. Upon separating from the Air Force, Michele 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.
At Social-Engineer, Inc., Michele is a senior penetration tester with professional expertise in all facets of social engineering vectors, assessments, and research. A remarkable writer, she is also the talent behind many of the written products of Social-Engineer, Inc., including numerous reports and assessments, blog posts, and the Social-Engineer Newsletters.
Michele is an often-requested trainer and speaker on various technical and behavioral subjects for law enforcement, the intelligence community, and the private sector in venues including the Black Hat Briefings, RSA, Techno Security, and the Advanced Practical Social Engineering training course.
Michele has her Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Engineering from the US Air Force Academy and her Master of Science in Counseling from Auburn University. She is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Chief of Business Development
Bob Cichowski is an accomplished sales/business development executive with over 35 years of experience. His expertise includes business development for information technology businesses, opening consulting engagements, and providing solutions for Fortune 500 and midsize companies across the globe.
Awarded the prestigious IBM Eagle Award for outstanding performance, Bob helped craft new business in new areas for IBM including extensive multi-million dollar deals at Amoco Oil and several national retail chains.
Bob’s work with startup organizations, mid-sized consulting firms as well as global Fortune 500 companies has provided him a broad and deep perspective of the IT industry. His experience includes three years of developing business opportunities for a national healthcare consulting firm providing a portfolio of HIPAA security services to hospitals and healthcare institutions in the US. His current experience includes business development for privately-owned small businesses who specialize in protection of corporate data and identity.
Bob’s focus areas encompass business development of professional service offerings that include managed services, training, contract staffing, onsite/offshore outsourcing, application development, enterprise software, and SaaS offerings. He has substantial full-cycle sales experience including direct sales, sales management, creating business alliances, writing RFP responses, and creating vendor partnerships in commercial, federal government agencies, retail chain stores, healthcare, and life sciences in the US and global markets.
Bob attended DePaul University with a major in Business Administration, graduated from DeVry University with an advanced Certificate in Electronics, and has 15 years of technical and professional training at IBM.
Chief of Internal Support
Mike Hadnagy joins his brother, Chris, at Social-Engineer, Inc. as the company’s technical lead. Mike’s expertise in fortifying the technological side of network security over the past seven years gives the company an edge when executing the realistic social engineering audits for which Social-Engineer, Inc. is so well-known.
Over the years, the family talent for social engineering shone through as Mike negotiated and developed an impressive client base for several businesses including his own. Mike’s managerial success is a natural product of his desire to create solutions and provide excellent customer service.
Mike’s professional experience encompasses a number of defensive security skills, including: security management, firewall, antivirus solutions, data backup, and recovery systems. His belief that all users should be trained on best practices to keep systems secure was demonstrated in his time assisting customers with installation and implementation of network security systems and policies. Social-Engineer, Inc. is also taking advantage of Mike’s defensive knowledge for improving network security and virus/malware removal to craft realistic penetration tests exploiting human error in standard compliance policies.
Mike’s extensive background includes several programming languages such as Fortran and PASCAL. He is also a certified Social Engineering Pentest Professional (SEPP).
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