The Social-Engineer Podcast

whitneyrowlettmicrobiologist turned producer, Whitney has produced commercials, pilots, feature films, and internet series for major corporations including SyFy, Verizon, The Travel Channel, Comedy Central, Machinima, and CBS. She was a member of the Academy Award winning art team on The Amazing Race,  and wore several hats during production for The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Emma Approved, both recipients of an Emmy for Original Interactive Programming. Whitney produced Virtual Reality experiences for Kellogg’s, General Electric, Nokia, Jaunt Media,  and Google Spotlight Stories. Her passions also include choreographing Renaissance and Regency Era dance, yoga, and creating stunning visual content.

This podcast we have the chance to discuss:

  • How does framing work in film?
  • Does VR change the way framing works?
  • What aspects do you need to consider to frame your target's emotions properly?
  • And much much more

 

Follow Whitney at her site: www.countstonine.com

Whitney also recommends this book:  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

 

Direct download: Social-EngineerPodcastEp91.mp3
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The single most asked question is "What do I need to do to be a professional social engineer?" This month is devoted to talking to our team.  Folks who had almost no SE experience before working with SECOM and now lead the market in all things SE.

Enjoy our new format while we talk about these topics:

  • Why is vishing so hard?
  • How can you become a master phisherman?
  • Pro-tips on SE Red Teaming?
  • The team's favorite books?
  • What Laurie would sound like if she was a 12 year boy?
  • Why does Kaz not understand Twitter?
  • So much more....

 

Book List:

Dan: The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win by Gene Kim and Kevin Behr

Bryan: CS Lewis - Chronicles of Narnia

Lee: Cryptonomicon Mass Market Paperback – by Neal Stephenson

Laurie: Of Sudden Origin - C Chase Hardwood

Amanda: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain

Colin: Something Missing - Matthew Dicks

Amaya: At The Crossing Places -Kevin Crossley-Holland

Kaz: Any book on Twitter

Mike: Phishing Dark Waters - Hadnagy/Fincher

Michele: Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk

Chris: Presence -Amy Cuddy

 

Direct download: Social-EngineerPodcastEp90.mp3
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Brad SagarinOur guest, Dr. Brad Sagarin, professor of psychology at Northern Illinois university has studied and researched about how to combat the negative side of influence.  We have a very lively discussion (yes, Dave is at this one) about:

  • What is influence?
  • Can you really defend against it?
  • How do you know if you are being influenced?
  • And so much more...

 

Get more info about Brad at his site: http://sagarin.socialpsychology.org
Brad gives us a nice list of books for our listeners this month:

Ghost in the Wires - Kevin Mitnick

Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television - Jerry Mander

In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of Technology and the Survival of the Indian Nations - Jerry Mander

Shades of Grey: A Novel by Jasper Fforde

 

Direct download: Social-EngineerPodcastEp089.mp3
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Paul Asadorian from Security Weekly, http://securityweekly.com/, joins us to discuss some pretty important topics.  Things like:

  • What is up with Apple and the new CrapBook?
  • Why does Dave plays Hornsby so much?
  • Will SE be a huge vector in 2017?
  • What are the major security concerns coming up in the near future?
  • What about IoT?
  • So much more....

 

As usual, it is a lively, spirited and fun chat with the SE Crew!

 

This time we all took turns mentioning books we love here is the list:

How To Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie

Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics  - Richard Thaler

The Prophet - Khalil Gibron

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a ****: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life - Mark Manson

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World - Peter Wohlleben

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ  - Daniel Goleman

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges  - Amy Cuddy

Direct download: Social-EngineerPodcastEp088.mp3
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Image result for dr. james pennebakerAuthor, teacher, researcher and psychologist - Dr. Pennebaker is one interesting man.  He has not only performed some fascinated research but he built tools around his research and then released them free to the world.  You can even try one out at his site: http://www.receptiviti.ai/

This podcast we have a chance to ask the Doc things like:

  • Can we really learn to profile people based on how they use pronouns?
  • Are tools needed or can a human learn it?
  • Is it good or bad to use the word "we" a lot?
  • Will you really listen to Bruce Hornsby?
  • And so much more...

 

Join us for this fun, entertaining and really educational podcast.

Dr. Pennebaker recommends a couple books for us:

The Secret Life of Pronouns - Dr. James Pennebaker

Along with the accompanying website at: http://www.secretlifeofpronouns.com/

Station 11 - Emily St. John Mandel

 

 

Direct download: Social-EngineerPodcastEp087.mp3
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Robert Cialdini (http://www.influenceatwork.com) is the Regents' Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Marketing at Arizona State University and was a visiting professor of marketing, business and psychology at Stanford University, as well as at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He has written a number of books and literally defined the studies on how we understand the principles of influence.

This month we get a chance to talk to Bob (He wouldn't let us call him Dr. Cialdini) about:

  • How he got started in his career path?
    Was he really about to enter pro baseball?
  • What does he think the difference between influence and manipulation is?
  • Can 5 words really change your message?
  • There is just soooo much more - you will love this one for sure!

 

Bob recommends these amazing books:

 

Enjoy!  What an amazing PODCAST!

Direct download: Social-EngineerPodcastEp086.mp3
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angela_180pxOver the past 15 years, she has been researching the human-centred aspects of security, privacy, identity and trust.

Research interests: how we design and implement innovative technologies that are fit for purpose, value for money, and improve productivity and well-being of individuals and society.

Angela's full research portrait can be found here: http://sec.cs.ucl.ac.uk/ace_csr/members/angelas_research_portrait/

Angela discusses some fascinating topics with us based on research she has done into things like:

  • Analyzing employee behaviors for security environments...
  • The use of positive reinforcement over shame and fear....
  • How to make usable security...
  • How to enforce security policies....
  • And how all this fits into her being a psychologist?

 

All of her research can be found here: http://sec.cs.ucl.ac.uk/people/m_angela_sasse/angelas_publication_list/

Angela recommended a book that took us a bit to find, Codes of the Underworld by Diego Gambetta

 

Direct download: Social-EngineerPodcastEp085.mp3
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The annual live podcast from DEF CON was an amazing show this year.  Michele gets bio hacked live, Chris almost passes out and the crowd wonders where is the SE in the SEPodcast gone?

Direct download: Social-EngineerPodcastEp084.mp3
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AmyHermanAmy Herman, JD, MA, designed, developed and conducts all sessions of the The Art of Perception. In addition to be an author of an amazing book, "Visual Intelligence."

She joins us this month for one of the best SEPodcast's ever.  We will discuss:

  • What is perception?
  • How can you learn to be more observant?
  • What are the words you might want to avoid using?
  • What can you do if you use one of these words?
  • What fields need help with observation?

 

Amy can be found on her twitter account AmyHermanAOP

Amy recommended two books that you might enjoy:

Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime by Val McDermid

and

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande

Direct download: Social-EngineerPodcastEp083.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:59pm PDT

You have heard us talk about social engineering in every light possible as an attacker, now we invited two guests, experts in disinformation and and playing Internet hide and seek to help us see if we can use SE to HIDE from anyone.

We discuss such things as:

  • How can you use disinformation?
  • What does it mean to hide on the Internet?
  • How hard would it be to really be off the grid?
  • And why having a corporation in Mexico can help you with all of this.....
  • and so much more.

 

Join Michael and Justin to find out.

Check out Michael at his site: https://inteltechniques.com/

and

Check out Michael's and Justin's books at: https://inteltechniques.com/amazon.html

Direct download: Social-EngineerPodcastEp082.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:03am PDT