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Invitation: Using social engineering for good? An IITPSA Western Cape Chapter Event

March 26, 2020 @ 18:00 - 19:30

Jedi Mind Tricks 101: Social Engineering – Vice, Virtue or …

 “It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi

Often the softest target in any organisation is the human being and social engineering tactics are regularly employed by threat actors to leverage off this perceived weakness to gain unauthorised access. Social engineering is the art of manipulating people into breaking normal security procedures and best practices.

At this event, we examine whether social engineering is necessarily bad, or whether we can benefit from its application. This presentation examines why humans are susceptible to social engineering, what insights can be gained and what possible applications it holds.


Jamiela Dawood, Technical Specialist at the University of Cape Town

After graduating from UCT, Jamiela worked as an IT Auditor only to quickly realise she was less of a ‘suit’ and more of a techie. She switched to more technical roles, from working in IT Service Desks, desktop image management & deployment, to Information and Cybersecurity services. Her keen interest in cyber security drove her to continue her studies and pursue her passion of providing holistic security solutions, support and awareness training.

Ghamza Jacobs, Senior Systems Engineer at the University of Cape Town

From working as a telephone helpdesk technician to security administrator, consultant and trainer, Ghamza has been exposed to all aspects of Information Technology. This experience gives him a holistic view of IT solutions, to ensure that systems in place are secure and function as they should. Ghamza’s aim has always been to deliver secure solutions that exceed client requirements.

Date & Time

Thursday 26 March 2020

18:00 – 19:30


Please note that, due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event has been changed to a web conferencing event. Connection details will be sent to registered attendees.

Delegate fee

Free to IITPSA and ISC2 members, students and non-members.


Click here to register


March 26, 2020
18:00 - 19:30


Alice Khumalo
+27113151319 / +27876551679