A little spring cleaning at Rift

Posted on May 10, 2017 by Rift Recon

Hi Everyone,

Eric here! We’ve silently been getting ready for some exciting projects but today I wanted to share some updates.

Spring Cleaning!

Overhaul: The main site will be undergoing some big changes. The blog and content will move to a different page but will still go out over Twitter and other social media platforms so don’t worry about staying up to date!

Flow: We’ll be reviewing and clearing up our online sites for cohesiveness and continuity.

Design: Our store at http://shop.riftrecon.com is going to get a sprucing up. We’ve gotten a lot of great customers give us feedback over the years and we want to make sure everyone has a great experience. So when you go to the site today you’ll see the front page organized and re-formatted.

New Products and Branding

New Products: We’re designing and reviewing new products! They will be hitting the store soon and we’ll keep you updated with newsletter emails so don’t forget to sign up! We’re also working up a special restricted product selection for verified customers to wow your clients with. So stay tuned…

Branding: Art of Escape as it’s a bit of a wild card in regards to our branding with Rift. Rift being about entry and AoE being about escape so we’ll be moving AoE to it’s own domain. It will have it’s own focus on services and products giving you, what we believe, a better customer experience in both realms.

Civilian Classes and Training:….and lastly we’re extremely excited to announce we will be listing new trainings and services! We’ve been talking with a lot of our peers in the security industry and consistently hear requests for courses. So we’ve listened! We’ve been putting our heads together so expect a variety of classes and trainings. Dates to be announced!

Stay tuned,


P.S. We have shot a lot of product video in the past that haven’t been released. Here’s one of them! Aaron, a colleague of ours, shot this humorous test video for our Escape Ring check it out here: Aaron’s Escape Ring Test Footage.

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Art of Escape - Hack In the Box - Amsterdam

Posted on March 16, 2016 by Rift Recon

For those of you of following us, you will know that we haven’t had a international edition of Art of Escape yet. Well now I’m here to tell you is the first time we’re going to do it, and we’re quite excited.


We’ll be hosting this Art of Escape in Amsterdam at Hack in the Box a well regarded information security conference which has asked us to host the Art of Escape at their upcoming event in May on May 23rd for 3 days. This will be a interesting event for us as we’re now going to be doing this in a new city and with a specific focus on travel security.

Tickets are now available at the URL below:


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Rift Recon Brings The Art of Escape to ISSW 2015

Posted on February 05, 2015 by Rift Recon

Rift Recon is to offer their first large-scale urban escape and evasion training of the New Year to those attending InfoSec Southwest in Austin, TX on April 8th-10th.


“We’re talking about an entirely new terrain with entirely new challenges. The Austin playing field will be unparalleled to what any Art of Escape participant has experienced before.”

San Francisco, CA February 4th, 2015

As the InfoSec Southwest (ISSW) conference approaches, San Francisco security company Rift Recon bolsters its arsenal of cutting-edge knowledge in anticipation. In addition to the lecture tracks, ISSW has a number of specialized and in-depth training courses available before the conference begins. Rift Recon’s renowned urban escape and evasion course, The Art of Escape (AOE), is being offered as one of those trainings. It will be Rift’s inaugural ISSW intensive, and the first Art of Escape course of the New Year.

Art of Escape ISSW participants can expect to garner skills such as how to pick, bypass, and open locks, open handcuffs, duct tape, and rope, as well as effectively utilize social engineering and active confidence schemes to their advantage. This three-day-long intensive, led by head trainer Brian O'Shea and Rift Recon CEO Eric Michaud, will close with a    realistic abduction simulation designed to put the students’ newfound knowledge into practice. The students will have to gain the trust of their captors, break free of their restraints, escape by gaining access to restricted or unauthorized areas without detection, and much, much more.

“We’re talking about an entirely new terrain with entirely new challenges,” remarked O’Shea, who develops the abduction simulation programming, “The Austin playing field will be unparalleled to what any Art of Escape participant has experienced before.”

Potential AOE players should keep in mind that each course is pre-registration only until the attendance threshold indicated is met. Once the attendance threshold is met, pre-registrants will be contacted with full registration and tuition payment instructions. You can learn more about The Art of Escape at ISSW, as well as pre-register, by clicking through to the official training listings page.

“Since this will be the first Art of Escape training of the new year, we’re excited to be able to apply all of our attention and resources to blowing it out of the water,” said Michaud. “We’re aware that we’re developing a curriculum for industry insiders as opposed to the general public, and that creates a unique opportunity to produce brand new material.”

About ISSW:

InfoSec Southwest is an annual information security and hacking conference held in Austin, Texas, one of the most interesting and beautiful cities in the United States. By addressing a broad scope of subject-matter, InfoSec Southwest is intended to both provide a comprehensive and valuable forum to all participants as well as fill a gap for our local attendees left by the other few conferences held here in Texas which are all focused on a narrower scope of subject matter or a narrower slice of audience demographic. Visit http://2015.infosecsouthwest.com for more information and registration instructions.

About Rift Recon:

Rift Recon is a premiere cyber and 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 consulting, trainings, hardware tampering and forensics work, software development, assessment reports, tool creation, and team outfitting. Visit http://www.riftrecon.com, find them on Facebook, or follow @RiftRecon on Twitter for more information.

Posted in artofescape, Escape, Evasion, hacker, InfoSec, ISSW, lockpicking, restraints, training

Check out this coverage of Rift Recon and The Art of Escape that...

Posted on November 13, 2014 by Rift Recon

Check out this coverage of Rift Recon and The Art of Escape that aired on CBS San Francisco last night!

Reporter Cate Cauguiran welcomed CEO Eric Michaud and Executive Assistant Arianna Travaglini into the CBS studio to discuss the origin of the company and the benefits of taking an urban escape and evasion course. She even walked away with a few new skills to aid her in the event of an abduction, which she deftly demonstrates on camera.

The full story can be found HERE.

There are still a few seats available for the next Art of Escape course in San Francisco on Thursday 12/4 through Saturday 12/6. Tickets are available via Eventbrite, and you can always email [email protected] for more information!

- Arianna Travaglini

Executive Assistant at Rift Recon

Posted in artofescape, bayarea, CBS, escape, kidnapped, news, training

Great Art of Escape NYC TV coverage: Five seats added

Posted on August 27, 2014 by Rift Recon

On the night before Art of Escape NYC, we were interviewed and featured on one of NYC’s biggest local TV stations and the nightly news.


Ayana Harry interviewed Eric Michaud about our first NYC class and asked great questions about who takes Art of Escape, and why. We were especially entertained to see the station use clips from our video - and shots of actor Liam Neeson from the film “Taken.”

To meet demand, we now have five additional seats for Art of Escape NYC: Sign up here.

If you want to sign up at the last minute (class starts at 9AM in the Financial District), call us at 415.795.3402 and find out if you can jump the waiting list.




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Watch the Art of Escape trailer:

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Posted on April 14, 2014 by Shopify API


April 15th, 2014

March’s Art of Escape was all about new faces, strange places, and facing unexpected obstacles with exceptional results. The first major change was staff-related: Rift Recon was thrilled to welcome Brian O’Shea to the team as a Trainer and Senior Intelligence Advisor. Brian brings over twenty years of intelligence and tactical risk experience to the team and proved to be an engaging Art of Escape instructor. He put an entirely new spin on using social engineering and tactical intelligence collection to gain valuable supplies and intelligence, and had a blast doing it! You can read more about Brian in the coming days, when Rift releases a “Trainer Spotlight” piece on him.

Now, onto the good stuff. For the first time, the majority of our participants hailed from local tech companies, undoubtedly due to the steady San Francisco designer, developer, and programmer boom. Despite their overall lack of prior escape and evasion training, they were strong-willed, creative, and resourceful. This was definitely the most connective class we’ve had yet. It was clear from Day One that the students were both incredibly forthcoming and receptive. Combined with Brian and Eric’s high-energy interactive teaching style, the first two days of class flew by. The students organically formed tight bonds with one another, bonds that proved fortuitous during Saturday’s highly-anticipated Field Training Exercise (FTX).

Here’s a fun game: See if you can spot the difference(s) between the Pre-FTX class photo……


……and the Post-FTX class photo! (The winner gets a 15% discount to be used throughout our entire product catalog! Hint: Look for changes in physical characteristics.)


This month’s FTX fell on the foulest of days, in the midst of a brutal, windy downpour. Not to be deterred, the students barreled off into the city after being thoroughly searched and relentlessly interrogated. Rift had applied the suggestions of former students and increased the intensity of their interrogation scenario for March’s Art of Escape. Participants were surprised by multiple unfamiliar captors, new restraint techniques, and psychological stressors. They navigated the situation like pros, and then were off on foot to face the freezing rain.

A highlight of the day involved an elaborate manhunt in the Ferry Building, where Rift Recon staff (spies) had been planted to identify students, track their movements using audio and video equipment without being detected, and swiftly apprehend them. This resulted in tons of quality footage of acutely acquired social engineering tactics, as well as more than one frenzied chase through the crowd. March’s Art of Escape students proved to have some of the most elaborate disguises we’d ever seen, and even with numerous sets of eyes searching for them, they managed to avoid detection more often than not. They also completed all of the FTX checkpoints in record time, leading us to assume that even more must be needed! (Watch out, future participants!) At the end of the day, our students were exhausted and soaking wet with both rain and exertion, yet their smiles stretched ear-to-ear. Another job well done!

- Arianna Travaglini
Arianna Travaglini is an Executive Assistant at Rift Recon

Posted in artofescape, riftrecon, san francisco