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Unmasking the Social Engineer

The Human Element of Security
Narrated by: Christopher Hadnagy
Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
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Summary

Learn to identify the social engineer by non-verbal behavior.

Unmasking the Social Engineer: The Human Element of Security focuses on combining the science of understanding non-verbal communications with the knowledge of how social engineers, scam artists, and con men use these skills to build feelings of trust and rapport in their targets. The author helps listeners understand how to identify and detect social engineers and scammers by analyzing their non-verbal behavior. Unmasking the Social Engineer shows how attacks work, explains nonverbal communications, and demonstrates with visuals the connection of non-verbal behavior to social engineering and scamming.

  • Clearly combines both the practical and technical aspects of social engineering security
  • Reveals the various dirty tricks that scammers use
  • Pinpoints what to look for on the nonverbal side to detect the social engineer

Sharing proven scientific methodology for reading, understanding, and deciphering non-verbal communications, Unmasking the Social Engineer arms listeners with the knowledge needed to help protect their organizations.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2014 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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5h of memorable infomation

so the book in its self has lots of helpful and explanatory infomation that people can use while applying it to rilatable story's

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  • Karl E. Misulis
  • 07-09-15

Almost Useless in Audible Format

Hadnagy reads off tables, figures, and pictures which you cannot see. And he recites in-text citations word for word. Very frustrating, and some content is useless without that data, not even being described.

For content, as someone who is experienced with Ekman's work, Hadnagy gives a fine, basic overview. This is a good book for beginners, with no training or little knowledge of Paul Ekman's work or microexpressions.

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  • R. Horn
  • 27-10-14

Referencing figures = useless audio book

What disappointed you about Unmasking the Social Engineer?

Frequent references to figures render a book useless on audio

What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

Frequent references to figures. I had no idea what was being discussed

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really. The preface lasted forever and once it finally got into the subject matter there were constant references to figures and there was no way to infer from context what specifically was being referenced.

Any additional comments?

Don't buy this audio book. It is probably fine in a print edition.

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  • Sabrina
  • 09-06-15

Enjoyed the audio version and them bought the book

I loved the topic. It is an abridged version of Dr. Paul Ekman's work with a practical twist. I listened to the audible and them purchased the book. There are several images that they refer to in the text. Ideally it would help to have a PDF of the images handy when listening.

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  • netusera
  • 16-02-17

Best to have physical book as a partner.

If you have the physical book this is a good review. If it is your irst time through the material then you will feel like you missed something. overall a great read and listen.

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  • Marcus Reynolds
  • 16-01-15

Eye opener

Very great book. Definitely worth the read. You should get the physical copy to follow along with the figure references however a lot of information given even without being able to see the pictures.

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  • Ilya Zaltsman
  • 06-09-19

Must-read!

I like this book even better than Chris's first book, because here he did not delve into the social engineering framework. Instead this book presents the information in a focused and easily digestible manner.

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  • tyson l woodruff
  • 08-03-19

listen over and over

I will listening to this book over and over. I am going to school for cybersecurity, ethical hacking, networking and programming. I can't believe some of the amazing insights I got from this book simply amazing.

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  • JED
  • 19-12-18

Overall Great Read/Listen

Great content that can be utilized right away. Listening to the Audible audiobook, the only and I mean ONLY negative is that the pictures referenced very frequently cannot be seen because of the delivery format. I suggest adding a pdf to the purchase with the pictures to allow for reference.

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  • @K_Speckmann
  • 20-04-18

Reading People, Making Resilient People

This book is recommended, beyond the Security professional who looks into hardening the Human Network.
The People science investigated here is valuable to everyone who loves working with Human Capital, and those who "have to" for a newly gained Leadership position. Understanding how our minds and senses work, may actually help the latter to love People, too.
Chris and his Team look at the interpersonal skills and traits that make Leaders - but unfortunately also bad actors successful. We social beings are wired in a way that helped us survive and thrive. Some malicious people try to take abuse of these traits. Making ourselves aware, and then acting rightly we can continue to thrive in the ever more connected world.

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  • Travis Melvin Fritz
  • 15-12-17

excellent insights into social engineering

Chris hadnagy excellently portrays what it's like to be a social engineer how to think like a social engineer and things too watch for when looking at potential targets or potential social Engineers or con artists.