Pell Center

The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina is a multidisciplinary research center focused at the intersection of politics, policies and ideas.

Pell Center to Host New England’s 1st Social Engineering Conference

It’s not just computers getting hacked: people are getting hacked too. More than 70% of all data breaches in the last year involved phishing or some other type of social engineering.1 That means that one of the weakest links in computer security is, well, us. Hackers are using these social engineering techniques to get passwords, credit card data, patient data and other personal information that we all look to protect.

The Pell Center at Salve Regina University is hosting New England’s first social engineering conference on Saturday, June 16, 2018, to explore these attacks and their defenses.

The full-day conference will bring together some of the best minds in the field of social engineering, including Christopher Hadnagy, author of “Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking.” The event will also feature:

  • Talks on “How to Rob a Bank Over the Phone” and “Social Engineering Your Way Into a Career”;
  • A panel with the winners of the “Social Engineering Capture the Flag” competition at the popular hacker conference DEF CON; and
  • Academic research on social engineering from Dr. Aunshul Rege, a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University.

The conference was created by Lea Snyder and Rhode Island resident Patrick Laverty, who works in the cybersecurity industry helping companies find and fix their weaknesses. For more information about the conference, visit:

Purchase your ticket and RSVP here (FREE for Salve Regina students only).


1 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report 2018:

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