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A refreshing change,
This review is from: Hacking the Human: Social Engineering Techniques and Security Countermeasures (Hardcover)
This book redresses the balance by examining an area of security which is often overlooked - you and me! - concentrating on that well known weakest link - people. It adds a new element to risk assessments, and provides numerous examples of how easily we can all fall victim to scams, which can undermine the many and costly technical controls which we deploy. The content balances the sometimes complex technical volumes aimed at developing our understanding of threats and vulnerabilities and how to control them. Such books on security tend to omit, or gloss over, the people factor - we are reminded that the strongest doors and technical controls are of little use if we do not ensure that the person we are dealing with is who they claim to be.
The author's dry sense of humour lightens the theory which helps the reader understand why criminals utilise such tactics, and how we are pre-programmed to fall for them. Some good reference material for anyone involved in security awareness training.