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The Danny Ocean of Social Engineers - with Shelby Dacko, Human Risk Analyst and Social Engineer

(Hosted by UC Office of the President)

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Have you ever wondered what the day-to-day life of a social engineer looks like? This talk gives you the insider view and a guide to dealing with impostor syndrome. Shelby will discuss:

  • Perceptions of social engineers versus reality
  • Dealing with the impostor syndrome
  • Finding your strength
  • Branching out


Shelby Dacko is a Human Risk Analyst with Social‐Engineer, LLC. Shelby’s specialties include vishing, OSINT work, and educational material production. She also enjoys public speaking and teaching. Shelby’s most recent panel was at DerbyCon: Finish Line, entitled “Vishing: Real Vs. Competition, what’s the difference?”, where she spoke alongside Alethe Denis, Whitney Maxwell, Chris Silvers, and Colin Hadnagy.

In addition to her work at Social-Engineer, Shelby also volunteers for the Innocent Lives Foundation. The Innocent Lives Foundation is a nonprofit organization that unmasks anonymous online child predators to help bring them to justice.

Shelby is a certified Social Engineering Pentest Professional (SEPP), has her bachelor’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and is a trained American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter.

In her free time, Shelby also enjoys studying psychology as well as painting.

Shelby defines social engineering as the act of using what you know about human behaviors to bring about your desired outcome.