KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, today announced that its chief evangelist and strategy officer Perry Carpenter will be speaking at the IT Web Summit in Johannesburg on May 29 at 11.10 the Sandton Convention Centre where he will cover “Levers of human deception: the science and methodology behind social engineering.”

Carpenter’s keynote speaking session, titled “Levers of Human Deception: The Science and Methodology Behind Social Engineering” will provide fun and engaging examples of mental manipulation in everyday life: from the tactics used by oily car dealers, to sophisticated social engineering and online scams. Additionally, he will look at how to ethically use the very same levers when educating end users.

“I’m really looking forward to sharing the insights I’ve gained over the years related to how bad actors use our human nature against us,” said Carpenter. “No matter how much security technology we purchase, we still face a fundamental security problem: people. Understanding how human behavior works can help us to better adapt our security awareness programs to drive action and shape security culture instead of simply throwing information at people and hoping for the best.”

Carpenter previously led security awareness, security culture management, and anti-phishing behaviour management research at Gartner Research, in addition to covering areas of IAM strategy, CISO program management mentoring, and technology service provider success strategies. With a long career as a security professional and researcher, he has broad experience in North America and Europe, providing security consulting and advisory services for many of the best-known global brands. He holds a master of science in information assurance from Norwich University in Vermont and is a Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO).

Carpenter’s new book “Transformational Security Awareness: What Neuroscientists, Storytellers and Marketers Can Teach Us About Driving Secure Behaviors” is now available on Kindle and in paperback through Amazon.

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About KnowBe4

KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 25,000 organizations around the globe. Founded by IT and data security specialist Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by raising awareness about ransomware, CEO fraud and other social engineering tactics through a new-school approach to awareness training on security. Kevin Mitnick, an internationally recognized cybersecurity specialist and KnowBe4's Chief Hacking Officer, helped design the KnowBe4 training based on his well-documented social engineering tactics. Tens of thousands of organisations rely on KnowBe4 to mobilize their end users as the last line of defence.

Number 96 on the list Inc. 500 of 2018, number 34 on 2018’s Deloitte's Technology Fast 500, and 2nd place in Cybersecurity Ventures Cybersecurity 500, KnowBe4 is headquartered in Tampa Bay, Florida, with offices in Brazil, England, the Netherlands, Germany, South Africa and Singapore.