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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

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some social engineering books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

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

Lewis Fry Richardson: His Intellectual Legacy And Influence In The Social Sciences

Author(s): Nils Petter Gleditsch
Publisher: Springer, Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2448142

Discrete Mathematical Structures: A Succinct Foundation

Author(s): B. V. Senthil Kumar; Hemen Dutta
Publisher: CRC Press, Year: 2020, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2533429

Cybersecurity Threats, Malware Trends, and Strategies: Mitigate exploits, malware, phishing, and other social engineering attacks

Author(s): Tim Rains
Publisher: Packt Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2534355

Mental Self Defense and Reverse Social Engineering for Human Beings

Author(s): J. Michael Hudson
Publisher: Leanpub, Year: 2020, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2535576

Your Cybersecurity Survival Guide: Your Simple Solution to Spot Social Engineering, Stop Ransomware, and Sleep Soundly at Night

Author(s): McHale, David
Publisher: , Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2576585

Social Media Analytics for User Behavior Modeling: A Task Heterogeneity Perspective (Data-Enabled Engineering)

Author(s): Arun Reddy Nelakurthi, Jingrui He
Publisher: CRC Press, Year: 2020, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2576615

Social Engineering: Hacking Systems, Nations, And Societies

Author(s): Michael Erbschloe
Publisher: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group, Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2752646

Discrete mathematical structures: a succinct foundation

Author(s): Dutta, Hemen; Kumar, B. V. Senthil
Publisher: CRC Press, Taylor et Francis Group, Year: 2020, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2784775

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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