About my guest
Chris Hadnagy is an author, security consultant and professional social engineer. As CEO and Chief Human Hacker of Social-Engineer Inc., Chris performs security audits to uncover the weaknesses in an organisation’s human network through real world social engineering penetration tests.
He actually created the world’s first framework for social engineering, and also penned the first seminal book in its field, called: Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking.
Chris has spent the last 16 years in security and technology, specialising in understanding the ways in which malicious attackers are able to exploit human weaknesses to obtain access to information and resources through manipulation and deceit.
During the podcast, you will learn
- What ‘social engineering’ is and what it can be used for
- The differences between ‘phishing’, ‘vishing’ and impersonation
- Examples of other social engineering techniques, such as pretexting and elicitation
- How conmen and scam artists use rapport to make people feel comfortable
- About the effects of oxytocin – the ‘trust chemical’
- What the only fixes to prevent social engineering are
- Warning signs and critical thinking scripts which could help prevent scams
- The most effective way of avoiding ‘chuggers’
- How ‘amygdala hijacking’ works
- Common trends in cons and hacks that are happening everyday
- Social media’s role in threats to privacy
- How to avoid being the low hanging fruit that gets hacked
- Why mindfulness or trying a tricky maths function might help to rebalance emotions
- Why scams are successful when we simply want to believe
- How facial and non-verbal expressions can be used to alter emotions
And much more!
Resources mentioned on the show
Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking – Paul Wilson and Christopher Hadnagy
Unmasking the Social Engineer: The Human Element of Security – Paul Ekman, Christopher Hadnagy and Paul F. Kelly
Emotions Revealed: Understanding Faces and Feelings – Paul Ekman
The Circle – Dave Eggers