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Unmasking the Social Engineer: The Human Element of Security

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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.

    Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Foreword
    3. Acknowledgments and Preface
    4. Introduction
      1. The Scholar and the Student
      2. Using This Book as a Social Engineer
    5. Part I: Building the Foundation
      1. Chapter 1: What Is Nonverbal Communication?
        1. The Different Aspects of Nonverbal Communication
        2. How to Use This Information
        3. Summary
      2. Chapter 2: What Is Social Engineering?
        1. Information Gathering
        2. Pretexting
        3. Elicitation
        4. Rapport
        5. Influence/Manipulation
        6. Framing
        7. Nonverbal Communications
        8. The Three Basic Forms of Social Engineering
        9. Using Social Engineering Skills
        10. Summary
    6. Part II: Decoding the Language of the Body
      1. Chapter 3: Understanding the Language of the Hands
        1. Communicating with Your Hands
        2. Getting a Handle on the Hands
        3. Summary
      2. Chapter 4: The Torso, Legs, and Feet
        1. Legs and Feet
        2. Torso and Arms
        3. Summary
      3. Chapter 5: The Science Behind the Face
        1. Just the FACS
        2. What Is a Truth Wizard?
        3. Perfect Practice Makes Perfect
        4. Summary
      4. Chapter 6: Understanding Nonverbal Displays of Comfort and Discomfort
        1. Neck and Face Pacifying
        2. Mouth Covers
        3. Lips
        4. Eye Blocking
        5. Self-Comforting and Head Tilts
        6. Summary
    7. Part III: Deciphering the Science
      1. Chapter 7: The Human Emotional Processor
        1. Introducing the Amygdala
        2. Hijacking the Amygdala
        3. Human See, Human Do
        4. Using Amygdala Hijacking as a Social Engineer
        5. Summary
      2. Chapter 8: The Nonverbal Side of Elicitation
        1. Artificial Time Constraints
        2. Sympathy/Assistance Themes
        3. Ego Suspension
        4. Ask How, When, and Why Questions
        5. Conversational Signals
        6. Conversational Signals of Emotions
        7. Breaking Down Conversational Signals
        8. Nonverbal Conversational Signals
        9. Conversational Signals as a Social Engineer
        10. Summary
    8. Part IV: Putting It All Together
      1. Chapter 9: Nonverbal Communication and the Human Being
        1. Applying This Information as a Professional Social Engineer
        2. Using This Book to Defend
        3. Becoming a Critical Thinker
        4. Summary