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Last year, Rachel Tobac went to Def Con — the well-known hacker's convention held in Las Vegas annually — to try her luck in a competition. The game? Get in a glass booth in front of a live audience, call unsuspecting targets, and trick them into giving you details about their company — details which, if obtained by the wrong person, could be used in very nefarious ways. It's called Social Engineering Capture the Flag. While it's gaining steam as a fun competition, its aim is to create awareness about the importance of data protection, exposing the ways in which companies put themselves at risk when employees aren't properly trained on data protection. Last year, as a total newcomer to the game, Tobac won. This year, she went back to defend her title. The key to the game? Partly some good acting chops and a whole lot of Vegas luck. Want to keep up with new episodes? Be sure to subscribe to our feed here.
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