Infosecurity Europe
4-6 June 2024
ExCeL London

Infosecurity Europe inaugurates social engineering expert Jenny Radcliffe – The People Hacker – into its prestigious Hall of Fame

Richmond, Surrey, UK; 16 May 2022 – Infosecurity Europe, Europe’s most influential information security event, has selected Jenny Radcliffe as its Hall of Fame inductee for 2022. Known as the People Hacker, Jenny is the founder and director of Human Factor Security, which provides assessment and consultancy services to help organisations address the human element of cybersecurity – often seen as the ‘weakest link’ in the chain.

Jenny will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame during Infosecurity Europe 2022 (21-23 June at ExCeL London). Visitor registration for Infosecurity Europe 2022 is open here.

She will also deliver the hotly anticipated Infosecurity Hall of Fame Annual Lecture 2022 on Thursday 23 June at 11:20am, on the Keynote Stage. In her presentation – Facta Non Verba - Six Life Lessons from a Social Engineer Jenny will reflect on a lifetime of social engineering and physical infiltration work, discussing the most important lessons she’s learned and sharing her thoughts on how her profession, and the industry as a whole, might continue into the future.

Jenny Radcliffe is renowned for her lifelong work dedicated to exploring and identifying human-centred information security vulnerabilities, and how to address them – preventing people and organisations from falling victim to cyber-attacks that exploit human error and use manipulation techniques. Her company, Human Factor Security, assesses premises, teams and technical defences, and provides investigative services and tailored penetration testing designed to uncover the psychological, technical and physical weaknesses in an organisation’s security system.

Jenny Radcliffe says: “It’s a huge honour. I feel like the human element of cybersecurity is being recognised as much as me. Including social engineering in a largely technical Hall of Fame shows the industry acknowledges the contribution that working with people makes to security. Our profession is growing, with loads of new people bringing their own skills, life experiences, talents and backgrounds – and that’s the most important thing. You don't need to emulate me or anyone else, we need authentic people who are interested in one thing: keeping people safe.

“I always look forward to Infosec, it's a great opportunity to get in amongst everyone in the industry, to reconnect, and to find out what's really going on, and all the hot issues. This year, more than any other, people are excited to be there and to see everything and to meet everyone again. That makes it very special.”

Nicole Mills, Exhibition Director at Infosecurity Group, comments: “The philosophy behind Jenny’s life’s work perfectly encapsulate the theme of Infosecurity Europe 2022 – Stronger Together. Most cyber-attacks have a human element, and many breaches start with people, who are increasingly on the security frontline. Only by being people-centric and collaborative can we counter the threats, which is why there was no more fitting individual for us to welcome into our Hall of Fame. Jenny’s energy and vision have made a remarkable contribution to the industry, and her work has never been more relevant and vital.”

The Infosecurity Hall of Fame celebrates the achievements of internationally recognised and respected information security visionaries, practitioners and advocates. Those chosen for the honour have also made a clear and long-term contribution to the advancement of information security, provided intellectual or practical input that has contributed to and accelerated the advancement of information security, and are engaging thought-leaders who demonstrate creativity and original thinking in information security. The Hall of Fame inductees are selected by a panel from Infosecurity Magazine and Infosecurity Europe.

Industry luminaries who have been recognised in the Infosecurity Hall of Fame include Troy Hunt, James Lyne, Mikko Hypponnen, Shlomo Kramer, Rik Ferguson, Professor Fred Piper, Bruce Schneier, Whitfield Diffie, Dan Kaminsky, Eugene Kaspersky and Phil Zimmerman.

Jenny Radcliffe’s predecessor for 2020-2021 was Wendy Nather, Head of Advisory CISOs at Cisco. A leader and a mentor, Wendy is at the forefront of cybersecurity, having led IT security for the EMEA region within UBS, as well as for the Texas Education Agency. She coined the term ‘Security Poverty Line’ in 2011 to describe the complex dynamics that challenge organisations of all sizes, and often speaks to “the chemistry of data” in capturing sudden movements in digital security.

Visitor registration for Infosecurity Europe 2022 is open here.

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