The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security

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Wiley, Oct 11, 2002 - Business & Economics - 352 pages
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The world's most infamous hacker offers an insider's view of the low-tech threats to high-tech security
Kevin Mitnick's exploits as a cyber-desperado and fugitive form one of the most exhaustive FBI manhunts in history and have spawned dozens of articles, books, films, and documentaries. Since his release from federal prison, in 1998, Mitnick has turned his life around and established himself as one of the most sought-after computer security experts worldwide. Now, in The Art of Deception, the world's most notorious hacker gives new meaning to the old adage, "It takes a thief to catch a thief."
Focusing on the human factors involved with information security, Mitnick explains why all the firewalls and encryption protocols in the world will never be enough to stop a savvy grifter intent on rifling a corporate database or an irate employee determined to crash a system. With the help of many fascinating true stories of successful attacks on business and government, he illustrates just how susceptible even the most locked-down information systems are to a slick con artist impersonating an IRS agent. Narrating from the points of view of both the attacker and the victims, he explains why each attack was so successful and how it could have been prevented in an engaging and highly readable style reminiscent of a true-crime novel. And, perhaps most importantly, Mitnick offers advice for preventing these types of social engineering hacks through security protocols, training programs, and manuals that address the human element of security.

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Review: The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security

User Review  - Kamal Yagubov - Goodreads

The book is awfully dry and outdated. Mitnick's writing leaves a lot to be desired, and advice such as "don't open suspicious email attachments" should be common knowledge today. This is only the ... Read full review

Review: The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security

User Review  - Michelle Pod - Goodreads

This book has very interesting and useful information about social engineering, though it ultimately becomes repetitive. The stories of cons are interesting for about 100 pages, by page 250, Mitnick ... Read full review

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KEVIN MITNICK is a security consultant to corporations worldwide and a cofounder of Defensive Thinking, a Los Angeles-based consulting firm (defensivethinking.com). He has testified before the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs on the need for legislation to ensure the security of the government's information systems. His articles have appeared in major news magazines and trade journals, and he has appeared on Court TV, Good Morning America, 60 Minutes, CNN's Burden of Proof and Headline News. He has also been a keynote speaker at numerous industry events and has hosted a weekly radio show on KFI AM 640 Los Angeles.

WILLIAM SIMON is a bestselling author of more than a dozen books and an award-winning film and television writer.

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