The Art of Deception : Controlling the Human Element of Security, Hardback

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

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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.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 368 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Privacy & data protection
  • ISBN: 9780471237129



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Full of illustrations of Mitnick's points; very interesting, especially if you're a writer looking for social engineering scenarios for characters to get information they shouldn't have.

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I started reading this book to my son, who was enjoying it immensely, then stopped when I decided it was totally inappropriate matter for an inquisitive 9 year old. Kevin was released from prison last year after being found guilty of hacking into computer systems. Kevin's premise is simple. People are the security's weakest link.I enjoyed reading this, although I admit, the book gets rather boring after a while. But the first few chapters should be essential reading for everyone to raise awareness of how easy it is to steal personal information. Especially from people in Bruce county who are soooooo friendly and helpful. If you get tired of Kevin's bragging, just skip to his recommendations in chapter 16.

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