Brandon Laur’s background includes a varied assortment of academic studies and professional work placements. He earned a master’s degree in Professional Communication, specializing in phishing cyberattacks. Professionally has been employed with Personal Protection Systems working as a White Hatter for over 12 years. Since May 2013, Brandon has been operating in a management position in the organization overseeing special project developments; most recently, developing the White Hatter production studio and the subsequent YouTube channel, livestream, and webinar platforms.
Brandon actively facilitates educational programs designed for students of all ages, parents, teachers, and business professionals on the topics of privacy, security, digital literacy, and online digital intelligence gathering. In addition to these responsibilities, Brandon is multi-certified and continuing to receive ongoing training in Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) to use in conjunction with his security experience and academic pursuits. Brandon’s real-world experience using social media and the internet has played a major role in the growth of all internet and social media safety programs offered by The White Hatter.
Along with the master’s degree, his bachelor’s degree is in sociology, with a minor in technology and society al which further contributes to Brandon’s societal and behavioural approach to cybersecurity, privacy, and social media management strategies. Current research interests include the social aspect of phishing cyberattacks, employer social media screening with online background checks, and the use of technology on human sexuality.
Academic research is not the only skillset Brandon uses and educates. He also demonstrates how OSINT investigative techniques are of value in social media marketing and analysis. Brandon also instructs working professionals how to leverage the same skills used in online background checks and investigations to enhance marketing campaigns. In addition to proactive strategies, Brandon uses OSINT tactics on monitoring business or personal reputations in part of a comprehensive reputation management framework.