Christopher Hadnagy

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Christopher James Hadnagy is an American security consultant, author and professional social engineer. He is in the field of social engineering (SE) and authored three books: Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking,[1] Unmasking the Social Engineer, and Phishing Dark Waters.

Professional SE career[edit]

Hadnagy began his technical career with his own business, AREESA Computers.

Hadnagy worked with the team that created BackTrack (now Kali).

Hadnagy has presented and trained at events such as RSA,[2] Black Hat,[3] ISSA[4] and given various presentations for corporate and government clients.

Hadnagy holds certifications as an Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) and an Offensive Security Wireless Professional (OSWP).[5]

History with DEF CON[edit]

General Keith Alexander offers Chris Hadnagy the NSA Director’s Challenge Coin at DEF CON 20.

Hadnagy founded the Social Engineering Capture the Flag (SECTF) competition at the 2010 DEF CON hacker convention.[6][7][better source needed] Hadnagy was involved in organizing the 2014 competition.[8]

In 2011, Hadnagy developed SECTF4Kids for DEF CON 19 with the stated intention of teaching younger generations social engineering skills.[9] In 2014 the SECTF4Kids was made an official DEF CON event rather than one of the kids' events.[10]


  1. ^ Chereshnev, Evgeny. "The Best-Selling Books on Security from RSA 2014". Kaspersky Lab Daily. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  2. ^ "Christopher Hadnagy | RSA Conference". RSA. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  3. ^ "Social Engineering for Penetration Testers". BlackHat. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  4. ^ "8th Annual Charlotte ISSA Security Summit". ISSA Charlotte Metro. Archived from the original on 2015-05-05. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Social-Engineer, Inc. _About page". Social-Engineer, Inc. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  6. ^ "CTF Archives - Security Through Education". Security Through Education. Archived from the original on 2017-01-23. Retrieved 2017-01-10.
  7. ^ "Social-Engineer Breaks a Defcon Record - Security Through Education". Security Through Education. 2010-08-04. Retrieved 2017-01-10.
  8. ^ Smith, Mrs. "Social engineer tag teams to capture the flags at Def Con 22 contest". NetworkWorld. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  9. ^ "What the SECTF4Kids is All About". Security through Education. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Kids To Hack Corporate Crime Caper Case At DEF CON". InformationWeekly: DARKreading. Retrieved 25 July 2014.