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After Mitnick's first dozen examples anyone responsible for organizational security is going to lose the will to live. It's been said before, but people and security are antithetical. Organizations exist to provide a good or service and want helpful, friendly employees to promote the good or service. People are social animals who want to be liked. Controlling the human aspects of security means denying someone something. This circle can't be squared.
Considering Mitnick's reputation as a hacker guru, it's ironic that the last point of attack for hackers using social engineering are computers. Most of the scenarios in The Art of Deception work just as well against computer-free organizations and were probably known to the Phoenicians; technology simply makes it all easier. Phones are faster than letters, after all, and having large organizations means dealing with lots of strangers.
Much of Mitnick's security advice sounds practical until you think about implementation, when you realize that more effective security means reducing organizational efficiency--an impossible trade in competitive business. And anyway, who wants to work in an organization where the rule is "Trust no one"? Mitnick shows how easily security is breached by trust, but without trust people can't live and work together. In the real world, effective organizations have to acknowledge that total security is a chimera--and carry more insurance. --Steve Patient, amazon.co.uk --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I enjoyed the book but I think I was looking for more that he can't legally provide. It was recommended to me my an instructor I took so compTIA classes with. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Matt A.
Kevin did an amazing job explaining the techniques of social engineering. I highly recommend this book to anyone involved in IT Security.Published 1 month ago by Randy Weed
Kevin Mitnick is a well known hacker and people new to the topic will often first stumble upon Kevin Mitnick. This guy deserved his tracks and has proven to be very skilled. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rickey
I got duped into loaning this book to a girl who never gave it back.
I suppose I needed it more than she did.
I read this book years ago, around when it first came out. As an old nerd; Mitnick was always an amazing enigma. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Franklin T. Hamilton
I mean, Kevin Mitnick is a popular guy, but I think his writing skills suck. I recommend Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking, by Christopher Hadnagy instead. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Spongebobby Squarepants Living in a Pineapple