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KnowBe4's Perry Carpenter to give keynote speech at ITWeb Security Summit, in Johannesburg

Carpenter to conduct book tour this year in Johannesburg, Washington DC, San Diego, Las Vegas, London and other potential locations.

Johannesburg, 22 May 2019
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KnowBe4, the provider of the world's largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, today announced its chief evangelist and strategy officer, Perry Carpenter, will be speaking at the ITWeb Security Summit, in Johannesburg, on 29 May, at 11:10am.

The venue is the Sandton Convention Centre, where Carpenter will speak on the topic: "Levers of Human Deception: The Science and Methodology Behind Social Engineering."

Carpenter's address will include fun and engaging examples of mental manipulation in everyday life, from the tactics used by oily car dealers to sophisticated social engineering and online scams. Additionally, he will look at how to use the very same levers ethically when educating end-users.

"I'm really looking forward to sharing the insights I've gained over the years related to how bad actors use our human nature against us," said Carpenter. "No matter how much security technology we purchase, we still face a fundamental security problem: people. Understanding how human behaviour works can help us to better adapt our security awareness programmes to drive action and shape security culture instead of simply throwing information at people and hoping for the best."

ITWeb Security Summit 2019

Now in its 14th year, ITWeb Security Summit brings together leading international and local experts, analysts and end-users to unpack the latest threats facing African CISOs, CIOs, security specialists and risk officers. Register before 8 March to take advantage of the early bird discount. To find out more, click here.

Carpenter previously led security awareness, security culture management, and anti-phishing behaviour management research at Gartner Research, in addition to covering areas of identity access management (IAM) strategy, chief information security officer (CISO) program management mentoring, and technology service provider success strategies.

With a long career as a security professional and researcher, he has broad experience in North America and Europe, providing security consulting and advisory services for many of the best-known global brands. He holds a master's of science qualification in information assurance from Norwich University in Vermont and is a certified CISO.

Carpenter's new book: "Transformational Security Awareness: What Neuroscientists, Storytellers and Marketers Can Teach Us About Driving Secure Behaviors" is now available on Kindle and in paperback through Amazon.

For more information on Carpenter's keynote session, click here. For more information on KnowBe4, visit


KnowBe4, the provider of the world's largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 25 000 organisations around the globe. Founded by IT and data security specialist Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organisations address the human element of security by raising awareness about ransomware, CEO fraud and other social engineering tactics through a new-school approach to awareness training on security.

Kevin Mitnick, an internationally recognised cyber security specialist and KnowBe4's Chief Hacking Officer, helped design the KnowBe4 training based on his well-documented social engineering tactics. Tens of thousands of organisations rely on KnowBe4 to mobilise their end-users as the last line of defence.

Number 96 on the list Inc. 500 of 2018, number 34 on 2018's Deloitte's Technology Fast 500, and second place in Cybersecurity Ventures Cybersecurity 500, KnowBe4 is headquartered in Tampa Bay, Florida, with offices in Brazil, England, the Netherlands, Germany, South Africa and Singapore.

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