Dr. W. Shawn Wilkerson, DISS | MA-ITM

Consultant, personal information exposure researcher, web developer, writer, and Ordained minister.
W. Shawn Wilkerson holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Information Systems (DISS) with a concentration in Information Security. He holds a Masters in Information Technology Management and nine technology degrees.


Ph.D. research, privacy, contributions, and social engineering topics.

For over three decades, W. Shawn Wilkerson has worked with the computer and internet industries developing database applications and designing websites. He develops in PHP applications built upon xPDO and extensive uses the MODX web management platform.


MODX, xPDO, Linux, computers, and other technology topics.

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Latest Contributions

Assessing the Factors of a Social Engineering eXposure Index (SEXI) using Open-Source Personal Information

Exposure, disclosure, data breaches, leaks, social media, and a myriad of open-source data serve to provide access to personal information that can be used to craft, target, and execute various social engineering attacks on unsuspecting individuals.

Development of a Social Engineering eXposure Index (SEXI) using Open-Source Personal Information

The results of this research study established, categorized, and validated a quantifiable measurement of personal information. Moreover, the results of this research study validated that the SEXI benchmarking index could be used to assess an individual’s exposure to social engineering due to publicly available personal information. As organizations and public figures rely on Internet technologies understanding the level of personal information exposure is critical is protecting against social engineering attacks. Furthermore, assessing personal information exposure could provide an organization insight into exposed personal information facilitating further mitigation of threats or potential social engineering attack vectors. Discussions and implications for future research are provided.