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Unmasking the Social Engineer: The Human Element of Security

Christopher Hadnagy, Paul F. Kelly (Editor), Paul Ekman (Foreword by)
ISBN: 978-1-118-60857-9
256 pages
February 2014
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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 readers 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 readers with the knowledge needed to help protect their organizations.

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Foreword xv

Acknowledgments and Preface xvii

Introduction xxi

I Building the Foundation 1

1 What Is Nonverbal Communication? 3

2 What Is Social Engineering? 25

II Decoding the Language of the Body 51

3 Understanding the Language of the Hands 53

4 The Torso, Legs, and Feet 81

5 The Science Behind the Face 99

6 Understanding Nonverbal Displays of Comfort and Discomfort 139

III Deciphering the Science 159

7 The Human Emotional Processor 161

8 The Nonverbal Side of Elicitation 177

IV Putting It All Together 197

9 Nonverbal Communication and the Social Engineer Human Being 199

Index 213

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CHRISTOPHER HADNAGY is author of the best-selling book, Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking and professional social engineer who works with Fortune 500 companies.

DR. PAUL EKMAN, PH.D., is the world’s foremost expert on facial expressions and professor emeritus of psychology at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. Dr. Ekman’s pioneering work in the field of nonverbal communication and visual lie detection was the inspiration behind the hit TV series Lie to Me, for which he acted as a scientific consultant. Dr. Ekman has also served as an advisor to police departments and anti-terrorism groups within the United States government, and is the author 13 books, including Telling Lies and Emotions Revealed.

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Do you think you've discovered an error in this book? Please check the list of errata below to see if we've already addressed the error. If not, please submit the error via our Errata Form. We will attempt to verify your error; if you're right, we will post a correction below.

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2 32-3 Text correction: Errors under "Influence/Manipulation"
The last sentence before the bullet list on page 32, "Dr. Robert Cialdini defines eight aspects of influence:"
should read:
"Dr. Robert Cialdini defines six aspects of influence and I have broken those down a bit more to define eight separate principles"

The first sentence of the third full paragraph on page 33, "A great illustration that a good friend told me once is that manipulation is like getting your child to accept the shot they need."
should read:
"A great illustration that a good friend told me once is that influence is like getting your child to accept the shot they need."
4/9/14 1st
7 165 Figure correction: Errors in Figure 7.1
Some of the labels in Figure 7.1 are not correct. Go to the downloads on this page to open or save a different image of the brain structures discussed in the book.
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March 03, 2014
Unmasking the Social Engineer: The Human Element of Security

Identity theft, fraud, deception - these are headlines around the globe.  The proliferation of security breaches, scammers, and social engineers exploiting corporations remains at an extremely high level. Technology professionals are continually looking for methods to thwart the social engineer. There is a very strong correlation between non-verbal clues that a scammer or social engineer can display that when detected can fend off a potential “human hacker”. 

UNMASKING THE SOCIAL ENGINEER: The Human Element of Security (March 2014; $34.99; Paper; ISBN: 978-1-118-60857-9) 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. Author Christopher Hadnagy helps readers 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. 

Readers of UNMASKING THE SOCIAL ENGINEER will discover the book: 

•Clearly combines both the practical and technical aspects of human based 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 readers with the knowledge needed to help protect their organizations.

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