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[liberationtech] Rift Recon Presents At The 2014 Oslo Freedom Forum

Eric Michaud michaud.eric.c at gmail.com
Tue Apr 22 13:01:03 PDT 2014


Hi Everyone,

Long time lurker, seldom poster.

I don't know if everyone here caught the press release (which I'll
re-post below) this week but I thought this to be highly relevant to
the interests of many members on this mailing list. If anyone is going
to make it to OFF <please say hi :) > or has any questions the Rift
Recon team is happy to answer them to the best of our ability.

Best Regards,
Eric Michaud
CEO/Founder
Rift Recon
eric at riftrecon.com
PGP Key at the bottom

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Rift Recon LLC and the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) join forces to
present a comprehensive security workshop at the 2014 Oslo Freedom
Forum (OFF) next month. The workshop will be geared toward protecting
high-risk individuals in possession of sensitive information.

The sixth annual OFF will take place on May 12-14th. Former Russian
political prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Harvard cognitive scientist
Steven Pinker, Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez, Wikipedia founder Jimmy
Wales, American actor Jeffrey Wright, and iconic Turkish protester
Erdem Gunduz will join 25 other remarkable speakers. OFF will bring
together a diverse and global audience to share experiences and
discuss how to best promote free and open societies. Rift Recon CEO
Eric Michaud and Senior Intelligence Advisor Brian O’Shea will be
joining the ranks of some of the world’s finest minds and bringing
their security talents within easy reach of the people that need them
most.

"You can’t help being a target, but you can help what kind of target
you are," advises O’Shea. "Our workshop in Oslo will provide a
remarkable opportunity for Rift Recon to aid at-risk individuals who
we wouldn’t normally have access to."

Michaud and O’Shea are facilitating the workshop in collaboration with
representatives from HRF, whose team members reached out to Rift Recon
after hearing about their cyber and physical security intensives. OFF
workshop attendees can expect a fast-paced, in-depth security training
that focuses on identifying when you are being targeted by hostile
entities, introducing premeditated protocols you can practice to
lessen your risk, and how to swiftly minimize damage should your
security be compromised. The training will draw largely from Rift’s
Two-Day Employee Physical Security Intensive and the soon to be
available Social Engineering course.

"Dictators have access to billions of dollars and the world’s most
advanced surveillance and spying tools," said HRF president Thor
Halvorssen. "We have to acknowledge that challenge, and the first step
is to connect communities of human rights defenders and at-risk
journalists with experts who can show them how to keep their
communications and actions private."

In this workshop, the instructors will focus on protecting sensitive
information through examining the flaws and benefits of various
communication devices and attacks by various offensive entry tools, as
well as how to strategically react to a security breach. Social
engineering techniques will also be examined, including reading body
language and establishing stranger intent to better protect
participants. Participants lastly will also learn how to tell if their
workspaces have been intruded upon, how to deploy tamper-evident
devices to sensitive equipment and work spaces, and many more
invaluable skills. For more information, and to view a complete list
of this year’s speakers, visit http://www.oslofreedomforum.com.

About Rift Recon

Founded in 2013, Rift Recon is a premiere physical security agency
comprised of researchers, former military and private security detail
contractors, and computer and hardware hackers that equips its clients
from a suite of exclusive services including specialized trainings,
hardware tampering and forensics work, assessment reports, tool
creation and team outfitting. Visit http://www.riftrecon.com or follow
@RiftRecon on Twitter for more information.

About Human Rights Foundation (HRF)

Founded in 2006, HRF is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that
promotes and protects human rights globally, with a focus on closed
societies. HRF unites people in the common cause of defending human
rights and promoting liberal democracy. Our mission is to ensure that
freedom is both preserved and promoted around the world. Visit
http://www.humanrightsfoundation.org or follow @HRF on Twitter for
more information.

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