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Sunday, February 28 • 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Reverse Engineering the Wetware: Understanding Human Behavior to Improve Information Security

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The human mind evolved to draw quick conclusions for survival. Behavioral economists, like Daniel Kahneman and Dan Ariely, are publishing research on when, why and how decision making can be consistently and predictably irrational. You could say these researchers are reverse engineering the wetware, finding bugs and race conditions and disclosing them.People are key to an organization’s information security, even if you believe in the “people, processes and technology” tripod. People define and execute processes. People decide funding for, implement, operate and/or monitor the technology. Your adversaries are people. At least until we reach the AI singularity, that is.Until then, the aim of this talk is to present some of the counter-intuitive findings of behavioral economics research and their implications for how information security is handled at the organizational and market levels. Our hope is that the audience will find they could benefit from changing established, seemingly sensible and logical actions we all do to better match how the wetware actually works.

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Matthew Hathaway

Senior Manager, Rapid7
Matt Hathaway serially obsesses over problems ranging from poor design to ineffective communication with a compulsion to solve them. He ventured to Northern Ireland to open Rapid7’s now largest development office and currently owns the expansion of the company’s cloud platform... Read More →
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Alexandre Sieira

Co-Founder and CTO, Tenchi Security
Alexandre (or Alex) Sieira is a successful information security entrepreneur in the information security field with a global footprint since 2003. He began his security career as a Co-Founder and CTO of CIPHER, an international security consulting and MSSP headquartered in Brazil... Read More →

Sunday February 28, 2016 1:00pm - 1:55pm PST
DNA Lounge 375 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103