SOURCE: Cosentry

Cosentry

April 22, 2015 07:06 ET

Cosentry Brings Security and Social Engineering Expert Michele Fincher to Gateway to Innovation Event

St. Louis Event Speaker Offers Conference Attendees Unique Insights on How to Avoid Social Engineering Attacks

ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwired - Apr 22, 2015) -  As a dedicated contributor and key "Founder Award" recipient, Cosentry is once again supporting the Gateway to Innovation (G2I) conference with a Gold Sponsorship and speaking session, featuring Michele Fincher, Chief Influencing Agent of Social-Engineer, Inc., titled, "Social Engineering: What Your Firewalls Don't Tell You." 

Technology doesn't cover all the bases when it comes to beating phishing, vishing (phone elicitation), or onsite impersonation. To help local businesses and residents understand this rapidly emerging cyber threat, Cosentry has enlisted Fincher to provide insights into the world of social engineering and the dangers posed by human-based attacks.

"Cosentry continues to help businesses and residents stay ahead of the ever-changing IT security landscape by offering in-depth insights garnered from some of the industry's most notable authorities," said Brad Hokamp, CEO, Cosentry. "We are proud to sponsor this important event and to partner with Michele Fincher to bring to the forefront methods for combating social engineering -- one of today's biggest security threats."

Who: G2I Gold Sponsor, Cosentry and invited Guest Speaker: Michele Fincher, Chief Influencing Agent of Social-Engineer, Inc.

What: Sponsored speaking session to address: Why companies need to implement social media policies to insulate corporate assets and employees' personal information from social engineering attacks. Increasing in frequency, these phishing schemes that have affected Home Depot and Target, may have been avoided with guidance from company policies to educate employees on identifying and reporting Social Engineering events to mitigate risks.

When: Date: Wednesday, April 29th at 2:00 pm

Where: America's Center Convention Complex in downtown St. Louis.

Why: To deliver high-caliber seminars and educational opportunities for more than 1,200 Midwest IT professionals.

How: Reserve your seat today: strategicIT@cosentry.com

As the Chief Influencing Agent of Social-Engineer, Inc., Michele Fincher possesses over 20 years of experience as a behavioral scientist, researcher, and information security professional. Upon separating from Air Force, Fincher 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. At Social-Engineer, Inc., she is a senior penetration tester and a remarkable writer, behind many of the written products of Social-Engineer, Inc. She 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.

In addition, G2I attendees will also have the opportunity to learn more about the region's most innovative IT companies and how they maintain their resourceful, competitive edge. Cosentry clients will be featured on a variety of panel presentations including "Hybrid IT: Building the Bridge to the Cloud" and "The Internet of Things -- Precursor to Big Data & How is Your Organization Capitalizing on it?"

About Cosentry

Cosentry is the trusted IT Solutions leader in the Midwest, providing services and solutions that allow our clients to focus on their core business. Cosentry customers can feel confident, knowing their IT Infrastructure is operating at the highest level of reliability, performance, and security. Cosentry has almost two decades of experience providing data center services including Colocation, Cloud Services, Managed Hosting, and Managed Services. For more information, contact us at (866) 500-7661 or visit us at http://www.cosentry.com.

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