Most Impressive: A Guide to Key Impressioning Attacks


Physical access trumps digital access and we’ve all seen lockpicking explained at several security venues. You might even have tried it yourself. But what if you need to open a lock a number of times? Wouldn’t it be great to have an opening technique that would supply you with a working key in the process?

A method to do this has existed for quite some time, but until recently it has remained quite unknown. Some time ago impressioning locks got “re-invented” by the lockpick community and the skill evolved to the level now shown at several international championships.

Unlike lockpicking, impressioning creates a fully working key for the lock which can be used to lock and unlock the cylinder at will. With practice, this technique can consistently open a lock in 10-15 minutes (and potentially faster)!

What is it? How does it work? What skill is involved? Why is it the most interesting way to open a lock? These questions, and more will be answered in this talk. With this technique (and a bit of training) several of your defence layers might turn out to be not as effective as you previously thought…

Location: Track 2 Date: April 13, 2017 Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Jos Weyers