Summary of The Art of Deception

Controlling the Human Element of Security

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The Art of Deception book summary
Don’t let a con artist steal from your firm by hoodwinking your people. The weakest link in your security system is probably the untrained employee — but you can fix that.


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In The Art of Deception, Kevin D. Mitnick, a corporate security consultant who was once arrested for computer hacking, has written a fascinating book about how to control security lapses due to the "human element." With writer William L. Simon, he describes how con artists use social engineering to gain information by lying to pass themselves off as insiders. By being sensitive to human behavior and taking advantage of trust, they learn to bypass your security systems. The book teaches you how to ward off such threats and educate employees. Yet, problematically, this information could also help con artists be more sophisticated. In any case, this highly informative, engaging book includes sample conversations that open the door to information, along with tips about how various cons are used and what to do about them. recommends this book to corporate officers, information managers, human resource directors and security personnel, but don’t tell anybody.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How con artists use social engineering to steal your corporate information
  • What deceptive tactics information thieves use to weasel data out of your too-trusting employees
  • How to train employees to be security conscious
  • How to prevent information leaks


Getting Started in the Security Profession
In his criminal heyday, the media reported on author Kevin Mitnick as a malicious hacker and the subject of a transcontinental search. But now, he has served his prison time and gone straight as a corporate security consultant. He got his start...
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About the Authors

Kevin D. Mitnick , a security consultant to corporations worldwide, co-founded DefensiveThinking, a Los Angeles-based consulting firm. He has testified before the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs about the need for legislation to ensure the security of the government’s information systems. His articles have been published in major news magazines and trade journals, he is a frequent keynote speaker and he has appeared on numerous TV programs, including Court TV, Good Morning America and 60 Minutes. Once known for hacking into security systems, the ex-prisoner has reformed and now helps corporations and government agencies with security protection. William L. Simon is a bestselling author and an award-winning film and TV writer.

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