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Did you expect a package? Too much is wrong here. Forward it to the proper people with in the company to handle this matter. Share it with co-workers no, not the email but the information can be spread so others know this scam is going around. Having this script mentally or even physically written out can save you from a lot of headache and a breach. I know we hear this analogy a lot in this field, but it is important to use. We are told it is good to get check ups with our doctor. After a certain age we might even go once or twice a year just to make sure everything is working the way it should.

The risks of not catching certain sicknesses early can mean our death or other serious problems. Our companies health is no different.

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It is not because they are incompetent or not smart enough, not at all. A good quality penetration tester is like a skilled doctor. This topic alone can be another whole article, but it is important when choosing a pentester to not just go with the cheapest deal around. But if that is where your pentester stops you are being cheated. You want that doctor to give you the next steps, what do you do? How do you do it? How do you fix it? Why should a pentest be any different? After you get the report and gaping holes are exposed it is a crime to leave the company and not help with at least ideas on how they can mitigate.

Ok I am off my soap box, this mitigation step is about you and how to learn from these tests. After you chose the right vendor the worst thing you can do is ignore their help. It would be like seeing a great doctor, he tells you that they found this lump, tells you what tests are needed and what action is needed to fix it and live and you just walk out of the office and ignore everything he said.

It is imperative to take action and to heed the warnings and fix the problems that exist.

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Not doing so can lead to a breach and it is also a huge waste of your time and money to do testing but ignore the results. Many times, doctors will tell us that to avoid the serious problems there are preemptive measures we can take to avoid health issues. Exercise, diet, daily routine are all important.

The same is with our security. There are preemptive measures we can take to save us form serious breaches. Take the time to invest in frequent security awareness courses and training. Personally, when I work with my clients I set up times to go out to their location and run live security awareness sessions.

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I do small doses of a couple hours a piece that help their employees realize the dangers that exist and how to combat them. Combine good quality security awareness with periodic pentests through out the year and what you create is an environment that breeds security. Is what I am saying then that by following these 5 tips you can be guaranteed the remain breach free and un-hacked?

These five tips are to help create a security minded company that is not the low hanging fruit. It is more likely that every company will experience some breach in the future if not already. How much loss there is, how much it costs and how long it takes to fix it are all dependent on you.

Take the right actions now to create a secure environment. Social Engineering is the easiest way into a company, it is still valid, still used and still very dangerous — but it is not forced by compliance or government agencies to be tested for. Be decisive and stay secure. Looking for Professional Social Engineering Services?

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For more information on any of the above or how we might be able to help you protect your company from malicious social engineers contact us at: The Art of Deception: Ghost in the Wires: What Every Body is Saying: The Art of Intrusion: Propaganda Paperback by Edward L. The Art of Invisibility: Unmasking the Social Engineer: Het weekend van 7 dagen Hardcover by Ricardo Semler.

A Book of Five Rings: Meditations Paperback by Marcus Aurelius. The Craft of Power Hardcover by R. Intellectuals and Society Hardcover by Thomas Sowell. Public Opinion Paperback by Walter Lippmann. However, not sharing information on social networks also is information that can be used, so I conclude with same as the author: Need to A typical american-style book - too much repetition and redundancy of words.

Need to be aware of this. Nov 19, Vlad rated it liked it. Decent book if this is one's first interaction with the topic. If not, the repetitive, meandering and occasionally off-topic commentary coupled with a hefty amount of outdated information, plus the long internet links thrown in together with the text, instead of in an appendix, will make it a difficult read at times. With these shortcomings aside, I did appreciate the topics on information gathering, microexpressions, the description of Kali Linux's still called Backtrack when the book was writt Decent book if this is one's first interaction with the topic.

With these shortcomings aside, I did appreciate the topics on information gathering, microexpressions, the description of Kali Linux's still called Backtrack when the book was written tools that are oriented towards social engineering, and some of the case studies.

Jan 21, Sebastian Gebski rated it liked it. So, if you haven't read anything on SE until now, it's a good starter - easy ready, comprehensive enough, very practical. Sometimes confusing author can't decide whether it's supposed to serve white-hack SEs or individuals who should raise their awareness , but still useful. If you've already read something OR you want to start with more comprehensive psychological approach, start with Cialdini "Influence" should go first.

Mar 17, Abbas rated it it was amazing. Arm yourself with knowledge. This book looked to me like it has broke human relations down into fine pieces and made it easy to understand.

The book bases its arguments on reasearch the author's team and other psychologists have conducted as well as public experiments and events. The one thing this book was, to me, lacking was examples from history. Nov 10, Jonathan Jeckell rated it really liked it Shelves: While the US government is fixated with all things cyber, this book shows how physical and technical security systems can easily be bypassed.

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It mainly trends to following professional penetration testers, but also provided insight into improving your ability to influence others, as well as protect yourself from predatory manipulation, like hoaxes, scams, spear phishing, etc. The part about how woefully inadequate most corporate information awareness courses are made me laugh out loud since it p While the US government is fixated with all things cyber, this book shows how physical and technical security systems can easily be bypassed.

The part about how woefully inadequate most corporate information awareness courses are made me laugh out loud since it pretty much nailed US DoD's abysmally boring and useless marathon that most people just click through.

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It provided very savvy advice on how to provide your organization with effective information assurance training. View all 3 comments. Jul 19, Amir Tesla rated it it was ok Shelves: This books contains the basic principles of S. The very downside of it though, is that the information provided in each domain is too trivial. Once you hit a new chapter and have a glance at the title you would say wow it must be very interesting but as you proceed along the content you get disappointed since many things stays opaque.

There are introduced interesting topics that can be used in an SE process like elicitation, framing, persuasion techniques, NLP etc. I would recommend this book a very basic introduction and guideline to those who are interested in SE. Mar 10, Weston rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was an excellent book. Normally, I don't read books like this one cover to cover. I browse through them, looking at interesting parts, and then they sit on my shelf until I want to reference something in them.

That almost happened with this book. I read about half way through it back in March, and then started reading some other things. About a week ago, I picked it back up and had a hard time putting it down. The explanations in the book are great, and the material is fascinating.

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SOCIAL ENGINEERING, VOLUME THREE - Kindle edition by Alex Van Allen. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. No part associated with any product or vendor mentioned in this book. social engineer for Offensive Security's penetration testing team.

It is sc This was an excellent book. It is scary how easily people give out information. Jul 30, R. Christopher Hadnagy's worldview is suspect. Under the guise of showing his readers how to prevent falling prey to shysters trying to defraud them, he is really teaching his readers how to manipulate and fool people into doing what is wanted. Again and again he exhorts his readers to not break the law, yet much of what he recommends would be considered unethical and immoral by anyone who believes in respect for others.

View all 8 comments. Aug 29, Takedown rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book just amazing!!! So much valuable information, very fun and easy to read! Must read if you do security audit or just interested in social engineering! This is also one of the best psychological book so worth a look even if you not interested in IT.

Mar 31, Douglas Matthews rated it really liked it. Chris Hadnagy provides an excellent primer into the world of social engineering.

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If you want to understand the threat, learn to think how the bad guys think. Plus, there are many aspects of social engineering that have perfectly legitimate uses and purposes in ordinary personal and business life. Dec 13, Joycec rated it really liked it.

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But in the meantime, it does make a difference how things are put. Tidbits spring up out of nowhere, then are not connected to the next page. Would be nice to see fresh edition, considering how much internet has changed since There is currently 1 user and 2 guests online. Nov 09, Atila Iamarino rated it did not like it Shelves:

It's great insight into how trusting we can be and how others can use this to exploit us. There are parts that are way too technical for most of us but overall the book was worth reading. Mar 20, Dan rated it it was amazing Shelves: I thought "Art of Deception" was the best book out there on the subject of social engineering, and then I read this Apr 11, Jose rated it really liked it Shelves: It was not a academical as I was thinking at first, it was more on the entertaining side.

Feb 13, John rated it liked it. Interesting, but way too credulous on the NLP nonsense. Mar 01, Dgg32 rated it it was amazing. Nice facts, useful tipps. Jul 30, Miguel Dominguez rated it liked it. This book purports to be an educational resource for learning social engineering: That is, manipulating people into gaining access to their secure information. It's meant as a guide for penetration testers who want to sell their services to security conscious companies.