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.

Posted in aoe, artofescape, blog, classes, design, escapering, new, products, shop, store, training, trainings

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:


Posted in amsterdam, artofescape, training

The Next Art of Escape - Coming Soon

Posted on November 06, 2015 by Rift Recon


Hi Everyone,

It’s been a loooong while since we’ve hosted a public Art of Escape training. It’s getting on to be a year. We have been inundated with requests to run another public AoE for some time but we’ve been pulled in different directions as Rift Recon is a growing company, and putting on private Art of Escapes for companies. 

Another direction that we’ve been pulled is my other new venture Dark Sum a Darknet indexing company that was born out of research here at Rift Recon and tested in DARPA MEMEX. So it just hasn’t left much time in the day for us. 

So why am I writing this post exactly? The title does say “The Next Art of Escape - Coming Soon”. Well I’ll tell you, we are curious to hear from you, our customers, fans, and colleagues when would the next AoE suit you?!

As Art of Escape takes time to roll out and setup because of the resource intensive nature (this doesn’t go into cost (which is going up), a future post will explain why and how it’s needed to keep exceeding your expectations), we are curious when you want to do it.`

So to help us figure this out (or we’ll just pick a random date), go to this link here: Art of Escape - Coming Soon and fill in the Out of Stock window when it pops up. As requests come in we’ll send out a questionnaire to ask when you are available to attend the next Art of Escape in San Francisco.

We’re targeting the public class to be Q1 2016.

We look forward to hearing from you so don’t hesitate to click this link: Art of Escape - Coming Soon

Just remember this: You come in a target, you leave a harder target.

Warm Regards,

-Eric Michaud


P.S. As people have noted many times to us Rift Recon and Art of Escape are slightly different animals so we have purchased Art of Escape . com (www.artofescape.com).

It’s not determined yet when we’ll be pushing a separation of branding between Rift Recon/Art of Escape related goods, services, and branding but it will happen in the future.

Posted in AoE, art of escape, experience, Rift Recon, Training

Introducing the ‘Rift Recon Beginner Series’ with Aaron Autrand

Posted on July 05, 2015 by Rift Recon

Rift Recon has spent two years assisting and collaborating with some of the most brilliant and innovative minds in the security industry. In doing so, we’ve categorized ourselves as adhering to a certain level of quality and expertise, and have recently intuited that that level may feel inaccessible to folks who are just testing the waters of cyber security, physical security, or both. As a result, we polled a vast number of our beginner and intermediate level trainees and company allies and determined there was a demand for a more elementary approach to certain skills we advertise. Thus the “Rift Recon Beginner Series” was born! 

We asked the newest member of our team, Aaron Autrand, to take control of the series, and he readily agreed. We’ll be publishing Beginner Series posts every week on our website. Look for the first post, “Rift Recon Beginner Series Presents: Picking Locks 101 with Aaron Autrand”, on Tuesday July 7th!

Aaron Autrand is a writer and editor. He was a member of the editorial staff of Anthem Magazine, the co-founder of music website Ground Control, and part of the team at the PBS documentary series Roadtrip Nation. He’s worked in startups, taught all over the world and surfed many waves badly. He believes in breaking things to learn how to fix them and make them better. It doesn’t necessarily always happen in that order.

- Arianna Travaglini

Executive Assistant at Rift Recon

Posted in bypass, education, learn, safety, security, teach, training, tutorial

Rift Recon Shows Executives How to Get Their Hands Dirty

Posted on June 24, 2015 by Rift Recon


Last week Rift Recon trainers teamed up with an exclusive cache of forward-thinkers in the start-up and financial industries to offer a “micro” version of our renowned Art of Escape training. The unique urban escape and evasion workshop was sponsored by innovative venture capital organization Ribbit Capital and covered basic lockpicking techniques as well as restraint-escape tactics. This intimate gathering was one of a few private functions Rift has been offering on a limited basis to corporations and organizations interested in buffing up their security competency as necessitated by their individual professional demands. Lucky for the attendees, it’s just as much work as it is play, and fun was had by all!

To book Rift trainers for your next team-building workshop, employee security consultation, or custom group skill acquisition, email [email protected]

About Ribbit Capital

Ribbit Capital is a new venture capital organization with one single, relentless mission: to change the world of finance. They have raised a bunch of money to invest in entrepreneurs who see finance with the same hungry eye for change with which others have looked at commerce, networking and gaming. Their goal isn’t just to write checks. It’s to deposit and grow ideas. They are deeply knowledgeable about the complexities of building financial businesses, and will share their experience with ambitious entrepreneurs. For more information, visit their website.

- Arianna Travaglini

Executive Assistant at Rift Recon


Posted in consultation, corporate, escape, Evasion, executive, security, training, venture capital

Rift Recon’s Art of Escape Featured In Black Belt Magazine

Posted on April 02, 2015 by Rift Recon


Best-selling American novelist Barry Eisler was an exceedingly precocious student in one of the first Rift Recon Art of Escape courses last year in San Francisco. Unbeknownst to us at the time, Eisler was not just hungry for knowledge - he was ravenous. The Art of Escape was only one in a long series of defense and survival trainings that Eisler embarked on, and he recently published a comprehensive piece in Black Belt Magazine detailing his experiences. For the entire story, be sure to pick up a print copy of Black Belt or subscribe today!


- Arianna Travaglini

Executive Assistant at Rift Recon

Posted in art of escape, Rift Recon, training

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