Physical Security and How We Break It (Legally)

Adam J. Sachsel
Cyber Testing Associate, RSM Consulting
Des Moines, Iowa

Friday, September 9, 2022
Remotely via WebEx:

Recording of Talk


This talk explores many aspects of physical security, including why it is important, how physical security is assessed professionally, and some professional opinions on what comprises “good” physical security. Then, I will briefly touch on physical penetration testing and what usually comprises a physical penetration test. I will also relate a few fun war stories from some personal experiences while performing these kinds of tests.

About the Speaker:

Adam Sachsel graduated from UMBC in 2021 with a BS in computer science. Initially, his goal was to become a software developer, until the UMBC Cyberdawgs recruited him and completely changed his career path to focus on security. After graduation, Adam secured a job as a “Cyber Testing Associate” with RSM Consulting in Des Moines, Iowa. He was quickly assigned to the Social Engineering Team and now spends his days performing internal and external penetration tests, drafting phishing campaigns, and lying his way into secure areas around the U.S. He is currently on the path to achieving his Practical Network Penetration Tester (PNPT) certification and eventually join the RSM Red Team in more complex engagements.




Alan T. Sherman,

Upcoming CDL Meetings:

Sept 23, TBA
Oct 7, TBA
Oct 21, Peter Peterson, Misconceptions in cybersecurity
Nov 4, Russ Fink (APL), ARMR: autonomous resilience/machine recovery
Nov 18, Josiah Dykstra (DoD), Myths in cybersecurity
Dec 2, Peter Peterson, Adversarial Thinking
January 2-6, 2023 (tentative): SFS/CySP Research Study


Support for this event was provided in part by the National Science Foundation under SFS grant DGE-1753681.

The UMBC Cyber Defense Lab meets biweekly Fridays 12-1 pm. All meetings are open to the public.