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.
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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The Science of Nonverbal Communication with the Art of Social Engineering
Most researchers agree that a large portion of what we communicate is done not through what we say, but how it is said. A combination of our facial expressions, body language, vocal tone and other indicators can tell the receiver our intent, our emotional content and the meaning behind the message. Our brains take in these queues and then decide how we will react to them. We, without thought, decide to trust someone based on their posture, smile and body language. We feel uneasy or distant from someone else for the lack of smile or aggressive body language. Understanding this not only has many implications to communication, but it has some serious security implications, too.
What is Nonverbal Communication?
Implications to Communication - and Security
Some studies suggest more than 50 percent of communication is nonverbal. Truthfully, though, it's hard to attach a real percentage to this phenomenon because it changes according to the type of communication, its purpose, toward whom it is directed, and many other factors. Regardless, most researchers agree that if a percentage could be attached to nonverbal communication, it would be quite high.
Researchers like Dr. Ekman and Dr. Paul Zak have found how facial expressions and body language can create a strong bond with other people, developing trust and rapport quickly. While this is important for building relationships and strong bonds, it is also used by the con man and social engineers to gain compliance to actions that you should not take.
Education is the Key
As “Unmasking the Social Engineer” discusses these implications in depth, a question I often get asked is, “If we react automatically, if it is really chemical reactions, then how can we be protected and secure?”
This is an excellent question with a very simple, yet difficult answer – education. If we remain unknowledgeable about the methods that are used or the psychology behind them we can never be aware of when malicious methods are being used against us. It is only when you are aware, educated, and taught to recognize these methods that your “auto pilot” can be corrected to not react with auto-compliance but with caution. The goal is not to create paranoia or doubt in every communication you have with another person, but to take the research from some of the world's greatest minds and apply it to security.From the Back Cover:
Combining the science of nonverbal communications with the art of social engineering
Social engineers are experts at getting people to do what they want. The step-by-step instructions in this book will put you in a place to get what you want by understanding what people aren’t telling you. Christopher Hadnagy, Dr. Paul Ekman, and Paul Kelly have joined forces to explain how social engineering works and how you can prevent it. Security is more than just defending against people with malicious intent. It’s about using your knowledge of social engineering and “human hacking” to stay in control of every situation.
Learn to instantly identify nonverbal communication
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