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Best Social Engineering Books: The Ultimate List

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Social Engineering books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. Social Engineering: The Science of Human Hacking (2018)

Best Social Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListSocial Engineering: The Science of Human Hacking reveals the craftier side of the hacker’s repertoire—why hack into something when you could just ask for access? Undetectable by firewalls and antivirus software, social engineering relies on human fault to gain access to sensitive spaces; in this book, renowned expert Christopher Hadnagy explains the most commonly-used techniques that fool even the most robust security personnel, and shows you how these techniques have been used in the past. The way that we make decisions as humans affects everything from our emotions to our security. Hackers, since the…
Author(s): Christopher Hadnagy

2. Social Engineering and Nonverbal Behavior Set (2014)

Best Social Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListSocial Engineering: The Art of Human HackingFrom elicitation, pretexting, influence and manipulation all aspects of social engineering are picked apart, discussed and explained by using real world examples, personal experience and the science behind them to unraveled the mystery in social engineering. Unmasking the Social Engineer: The Human Element of SecurityFocuses on combining the science of understanding non-verbal communications with the knowledge of how social engineers, scam artists and con men use these skills to build feelings of trust and rapport in their targets. The author helps readers understand how to…
Author(s): Christopher Hadnagy

3. The Social Engineer’s Playbook: A Practical Guide to Pretexting (2014)

Best Social Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListThe Social Engineer’s Playbook is a practical guide to pretexting and a collection of social engineering pretexts for Hackers, Social Engineers and Security Analysts. Build effective social engineering plans using the techniques, tools and expert guidance in this book. Learn valuable elicitation techniques, such as: Bracketing, Artificial Ignorance, Flattery, Sounding Board and others.This book covers an introduction to tools, such as: Maltego, Social Engineer Toolkit, Dradis, Metasploit and Kali Linux among others. Crucial to any social engineering test is the information used to build it. Discover the most valuable sources of intel and…
Author(s): Jeremiah Talamantes

4. Social Engineering Theory and Practice: Exposing the reality of Government manipulating their citizens (2019)

Best Social Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListThis is a topic every human being needs to understand because like it or not, social engineering is a reality in how you are governed. Those who influence society via advertising, political activity or ideas, not exclusively in and of themselves, encompasses social engineering; no one can escape its over powering influence. This book explains the effects and practices of social engineering upon contemporary society and creates a set of standards to be applied in the practice of what the author calls: “ethical, social engineering theory and…
Author(s): Mr. Mark R. Blum

5. Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking (2010)

Best Social Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListFrom elicitation, pretexting, influence and manipulation all aspects of social engineering are picked apart, discussed and explained by using real world examples, personal experience and the science behind them to unraveled the mystery in social engineering. Kevin Mitnick—one of the most famous social engineers in the world—popularized the term “social engineering.” He explained that it is much easier to trick someone into revealing a password for a system than to exert the effort of hacking into the system. Mitnick claims that this social engineering tactic was the single-most…
Author(s): Christopher Hadnagy

6. Tavistock Institute: Social Engineering the Masses (2015)

Best Social Engineering Books: The Ultimate List The Tavistock Institute, in Sussex, England, describes itself as a nonprofit charity that applies social science to contemporary issues and problems. But this book posits that it is the world’s center for mass brainwashing and social engineering activities. It grew from a somewhat crude beginning at Wellington House into a sophisticated organization that was to shape the destiny of the entire planet, and in the process, change the paradigm of modern society. In this eye-opening work, both the Tavistock network and the methods of brainwashing and psychological warfare are…
Author(s): Daniel Estulin

7. A Social History of American Technology (2017)

Best Social Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListA Social History of American Technology, Second Edition, tells the story of American technology from the tools used by its earliest inhabitants to the technological systems cars and computers, aircraft and antibiotics that we are familiar with today. Ruth Schwartz Cowan and Matthew H. Hersch demonstrate how technological change has always been closely related to social and economic development, and examine the important mutual relationships between social history and technological change. They explain how the unique characteristics of American…
Author(s): Schwartz Cowan, Ruth, Matthew H. Hersch

8. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition (2006)

Best Social Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListInfluence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say “yes”—and how to apply these understandings. Dr. Robert Cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. His thirty-five years of rigorous, evidence-based research along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behavior has resulted in this highly acclaimed book. You’ll learn the six universal principles, how to use them to become a skilled persuader—and how to defend yourself against them. Perfect for people in all walks of life, the principles of Influence will move you…
Author(s): Robert B. Cialdini

9. Learn Social Engineering: Learn the art of human hacking with an internationally renowned expert (2018)

Best Social Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListKey Features Book DescriptionThis book will provide you with a holistic understanding of social engineering. It will help you to avoid and combat social engineering attacks by giving you a detailed insight into how a social engineer operates.Learn Social Engineering starts by giving you a grounding in the different types of social engineering attacks,and the damages they cause. It then sets up the lab environment to use different toolS and then perform social engineering steps such as information gathering. The book covers topics from baiting, phishing, and spear phishing, to pretexting and scareware.By the end of the book, you will…
Author(s): Dr. Erdal Ozkaya

10. Social Engineering in IT Security: Tools, Tactics, and Techniques (2014)

Best Social Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListCutting-edge social engineering testing techniques”Provides all of the core areas and nearly everything [you] need to know about the fundamentals of the topic.”–SlashdotConduct ethical social engineering tests to identify an organization’s susceptibility to attack. Written by a global expert on the topic, Social Engineering in IT Security discusses the roots and rise of social engineering and presents a proven methodology for planning a test, performing reconnaissance, developing scenarios, implementing the test, and accurately reporting the results. Specific measures you can take to defend against…
Author(s): Sharon Conheady

11. Open Source Intelligence Techniques: Resources for Searching and Analyzing Online Information (2018)

Best Social Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListCompletely Rewritten Sixth Edition Sheds New Light on Open Source Intelligence Collection and Analysis Author Michael Bazzell has been well known in government circles for his ability to locate personal information about any target through Open Source Intelligence (OSINT). In this book, he shares his methods in great detail. Each step of his process is explained throughout twenty-five chapters of specialized websites, software solutions, and creative search techniques. Over 250 resources are identified with narrative tutorials and screen captures….
Author(s): Michael Bazzell

Best Social Engineering Books: The Ultimate List

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Advances in Artificial Intelligence, Software and Systems Engineering: Proceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conference on Human Factors in Artificial Intelligence and Social Computing, the AHFE International Conference on Human Factors, Software, Service and Systems Engineering, and the AHFE International Conference of Human Factors in Energy, July 24-28, 2019, Washington D.C., USA

Author(s): Tareq Ahram
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 54 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408574

Alexander L. George: A Pioneer in Political and Social Sciences

Author(s): Dan Caldwell
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2251745

Advanced Social Interaction with Agents

Author(s): Maxine Eskenazi, Laurence Devillers, Joseph Mariani
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2251999

Green IT Engineering: Social, Business and Industrial Applications

Author(s): Vyacheslav Kharchenko, Yuriy Kondratenko, Janusz Kacprzyk
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 19 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2309462

Broadband Communications, Networks, and Systems: 9th International EAI Conference, Broadnets 2018, Faro, Portugal, September 19–20, 2018, Proceedings

Author(s): Victor Sucasas, Georgios Mantas, Saud Althunibat
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 41 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2310329

Emerging Technologies for Developing Countries: Second EAI International Conference, AFRICATEK 2018, Cotonou, Benin, May 29–30, 2018, Proceedings

Author(s): Rafik Zitouni, Max Agueh
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 20 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2310330

Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime: 10th International EAI Conference, ICDF2C 2018, New Orleans, LA, USA, September 10–12, 2018, Proceedings

Author(s): Frank Breitinger, Ibrahim Baggili
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 10 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2310351

Ad Hoc Networks: 10th EAI International Conference, ADHOCNETS 2018, Cairns, Australia, September 20-23, 2018, Proceedings

Author(s): Jun Zheng, Wei Xiang, Pascal Lorenz, Shiwen Mao, Feng Yan
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 19 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2310366

Smart Grid and Internet of Things: Second EAI International Conference, SGIoT 2018, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, July 11, 2018, Proceedings

Author(s): Al-Sakib Khan Pathan, Zubair Md. Fadlullah, Mohamed Guerroumi
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 13 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2310368

Context-Aware Systems and Applications, and Nature of Computation and Communication: 7th EAI International Conference, ICCASA 2018, and 4th EAI International Conference, ICTCC 2018, Viet Tri City, Vietnam, November 22–23, 2018, Proceedings

Author(s): Phan Cong Vinh, Vangalur Alagar
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 34 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2310374

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly hot items according to Chicago Tribune, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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