The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security

By: Kevin Mitnick

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About the book

Delve into the world of cybersecurity through the eyes of the world’s most infamous hacker. Kevin Mitnick’s legacy as a cyber-desperado and fugitive has sparked a historic FBI pursuit, inspiring countless articles, books, films, and documentaries. Following his release from federal prison in 1998, Mitnick transformed his life and established himself as a globally renowned computer security expert.

In his book, “The Art of Deception,” Mitnick redefines the saying, “It takes a thief to catch a thief.” Concentrating on the human factors intertwined with information security, he reveals that even the most advanced firewalls and encryption methods can’t fully thwart determined adversaries. Through gripping real-life tales of successful assaults on businesses and governments, Mitnick illustrates the vulnerability of even the most fortified information systems to crafty con artists, such as those posing as IRS agents. By presenting both the attacker’s and victim’s perspectives, he dissects the reasons behind each triumph and highlights how they could have been prevented.

Mitnick’s writing, akin to a true-crime novel, captivates readers as he offers insights into these social engineering hacks. He outlines preventive measures, including security protocols, training programs, and manuals designed to address the human aspect of security. “The Art of Deception” is a compelling journey that educates, engages, and empowers readers to navigate the intricate world of cybersecurity.

My notes:

If you are into Cyber Security, this is worth your time – its perhaps a bit dated today, but the general idea is still good.

I heard that Kevin passed away recently, from what I understand he was a prankster but under the surface he was a “good guy”, RIP


  • Thriller
  • Humor
  • Non fiction
  • IT
  • Technology
  • Military/ War
  • Historic
  • Learning
  • Security

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I usually listen to audiobooks which is why the length is in hours and minutes

Listening to audiobooks to me has the advantage that you can do it while you walk, train, commute and just relax.