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David Benford | Managing Director
Blackstage Forensics | United Kingdom

David Benford, Managing Director, Blackstage Forensics

SDW - Day 1: Special Session
"Hostile profiling through open source intelligence" 
It is well known that there are many vulnerabilities around social media usage for both users and their organizations. In very recent times there has been a shift around how non-social data is shared online via both free and commercial platforms. When this data is combined with social media intelligence, it offers a powerful weapon for nefarious individuals, not forgetting hostile state actors and even the tabloid press to use against an individual, their family and their employer and colleagues. 
Once effectively gathered, this intelligence can be used to locate an individual, identify patterns of life and target them accordingly. Many people are unaware of how they are sharing their personal details and what types of data may appear online. This is a particular risk for law enforcement, military, security services, diplomats and high profile people.
This dynamic presentation will demonstrate the methods used by hostile agents to digitally profile targets, their friends, families and colleagues through open sources. The subject matter will cover everything from the types of data users, sometimes unwittingly, share online that can create both privacy and security vulnerabilities. It will also offer some solutions around mitigation such attacks.

David is the Managing Director of Blackstage Forensics and works internationally as a specialist on data protection, open source intelligence, hostile profiling & security, privacy & reputation risks derived from social media, Internet and emerging technologies such as smart devices.  

David will be holding an extended special session that will give conference delegates a privileged insight and a look behind the curtain at the modern challenges of identity fraud.


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