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Social Engineering: The Science of Human Hacking, Second Edition

By Christopher Hadnagy

Published by Wiley, July 2018

Available in paperback & e-book, $35.00/$22.99

ISBN: 9781119433385

Monday, July 30, 2018 12:35 pm EDT

(Hoboken, NJ) July 24, 2018 – News stories about cybersecurity threats, identify theft, and fraud are constantly making headlines in today’s connected world. One of the biggest threats facing many companies is the risk of “social engineering.” Through “human hacking” techniques, hackers can manipulate people to share sensitive information. These methods convince people to hand over passwords, share sensitive files, and commit other acts that are not in their best interest.

In the revised new edition of the best-selling book, Social Engineering: The Science of Human Hacking, 2nd Edition, author and renowned expert, Christopher Hadnagy, explains that the human element is always the weakest link when it comes to protecting security and data.

Hadnagy provides fresh insight into the latest social engineering trends, with case studies from today’s headlines and his own real-world experiences. He provides in-depth details about the human hacker’s skill set to help security professionals to identify and remedy their own system’s weaknesses.

If you’re looking to protect yourself or your organization from cyber threats, Social Engineering will help you to:

    • Examine the most common social engineering tricks used to gain access.
    • Discover which popular techniques generally don’t work in the real world.
    • Examine how our understanding of the science behind emotions and decisions can be used by social engineers.
    • Learn how social engineering factors into some of the biggest recent headlines.
    • Learn how to use these skills as a professional social engineer and secure your company.
    • Adopt effective counter-measures to keep hackers at bay.

Christopher Hadnagy is also the founder and creator of the Social Engineering Village (SEVillage) at DEF CON and DerbyCon. This year’s DEF CON convention will take place in Las Vegas on August 9-12 and the SEVillage at DEF CON will be at Caesar’s Palace.  

The new edition of Social Engineering: The Science of Human Hacking is available now.

About The Author – Christopher Hadnagy is the CEO and Chief Human Hacker of Social-Engineer, LLC as well as the lead developer and creator of the world's first social engineering framework found at He is the founder and creator of the Social Engineering Village (SEVillage) at DEF CON and DerbyCon, as well as the creator of the popular Social Engineering Capture the Flag (SECTF). He is a sought-after speaker and trainer and even has debriefed the Pentagon on these topics. He can be found tweeting at @humanhacker.

About The Book Social Engineering: The Science of Human Hacking, 2nd Edition (Wiley, July 2018, ISBN: 9781119433385, $35.00) is available at bookstores nationwide, from major online booksellers, and direct from the publisher. For more information, please visit the book’s page on

About John Wiley & Sons, Inc. – Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., has been a valued source of information and understanding for 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Wiley’s core business includes scientific, technical, and medical journals; encyclopedias, books, and online products and services; professional and consumer books and subscription services; and educational materials for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners. Wiley’s global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company’s Web site can be accessed at The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols JWa and JWb. 

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