DARZ organized the Meet & Greet of the Darmstadt IT scene on the topic of Social Engineering in cooperation with the IT FOR WORK e.V. association of the IHK Darmstadt and the start-up IT Seal on October 26. Within the scope of the European Cyber Security Month (ECSM), the activity month on cyber security sponsored by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), this event focused on people as a key factor in IT security.
Eric Heinen-Konschak from the Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and David Kelm from IT Seal explained to the roughly 60 participants what challenges companies and private individuals must currently face. Eric Heinen-Konschak showed how to deal with phishing e-mails based on the globally active company’s experiences. Such attacks are particularly successful with employees from countries with a low level of education and a lack of English language skills. But also, the bond to one’s own company also plays an important role, as it turns out. Attacks have remarkably little success in Afghanistan, due to the generally strong security awareness there, and in Brazil, whose population is well-educated, despite the fact that English is not a prevalent language, but the risks are discussed publicly.
David Kelm added to the presentation by giving insights into his professional practice. As a social engineering analysis lab, IT-Seal protects its customers from falling into the traps set by cybercriminals. Kelm’s presentation gave an insight into the approach to obtaining information that allows for weaknesses to be exploited. Psychological factors in particular play a role here. When a friendly smiling person walks around the office as if it were a matter of course, the employees hardly question what powers that person has.
It is particularly important to DARZ in its function as a high-security data center to support the annual campaign of the BSI and ENISA. The Meet & Greet of the Darmstadt IT industry is a platform that seeks to network the IT industry in the Rhine-Main-Neckar region and thus strengthen the industry’s potential for innovation.