Ms. Jenny Radcliffe

People Hacker and Social Engineer

Jenny Radcliffe—aka “The People Hacker”—is a force to be reckoned with. Jenny is a world-renowned Social Engineer, hired to bypass security systems through a no-tech mixture of psychology, con-artistry, cunning and guile. She can diffuse a crisis situation, talk her way into a secure building, and spot a psychopath at a hundred paces. She has been called a mind reader and a “human lie detector,” and likened to a Jedi Knight. In reality, she is an expert in social engineering (the human element of security), negotiation, persuasion and influence, and non-verbal communication and deception—using her skills to help clients ranging from global corporations and law enforcement organizations to poker players, politicians and the security industry. Radcliffe speaks, consults and trains people in the skills of “people hacking,” and explains how “social engineering” using psychological methods can be a huge threat to organizations of all sizes. She reveals how that same knowledge is a valuable tool not only for business executives but also for security professionals of all types working to prevent attacks, scams, and cons of all kinds. Jenny shares how she, without technology, uses the “machine between our ears” to “psychologically pen-test” companies and find the weaknesses in their security measures with the goal of helping them bolster their human defenses against future attacks. Jenny is the host of the internationally successful podcast “The Human Factor,” which interviews industry leaders, writers, bloggers, experts, fellow social engineers, and ethical con- artists about people and their stories connected to security. Jenny was recognized as one of the top 25 Women in Cyber in 2020 by IT Security Guru and as a Top 50 Women of Influence in Cyber in 2019. She was nominated for the prestigious “Godmother of Security” award in 2020, won the “Most Educational Security Blog 2020,” and named one of the top 30 women in cyber/cyber leaders (pandemic leadership) in 2021. In 2022, she was inducted into Infosecurity Europe’s Hall of Fame in recognition of her lifelong work in advancing the human-centered aspect of information security.


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