Cybersecurity Classic The Art of Deception

The Art of Deception is a brilliant cybersecurity book written by legendary hacker Kevin Mitnick. In stunning detail, he shares how social engineering works — how he and other hackers con people into giving up passwords, account numbers, and social security numbers. Deception is how hackers acquire the keys to the kingdom. Published in 2002, it remains a cybersecurity classic. The primary point of his book? In cybersecurity, we, humans, are the weakest link.

As executive search firm that recruits top technology executives in cybersecurity, we are a nerdy practice. That is why we recommend the hit television series Mr. Robot, a psychological thriller that follows a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and a vigilante hacker by night. The series has made hackers human. (For more, check our blog post, Mr. Robot Must-See TV for Cybersecurity Search Firm)

Cybersecurity classic The Art of Deception by Kevin D. Mitnick

World’s Most Famous Hacker

Kevin Mitnick is considered by many in cybersecurity to be the world’s most famous hacker. At one point, he made the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list because he hacked into 40 major corporations. He didn’t do it for anything but the sport of it. Because it was there. To see if he could. The FBI saw it differently. Mitnick was arrested in 1995 and spend five years in prison for various computer and communications-related crimes. Mitnick was convicted of copying software unlawfully. However, Mitnick supporters found the punishment excessive, claiming many of the cybersecurity charges against him were trumped-up and not based on actual losses.

Hacker Redemption

The author who literally wrote (and lived) The Art of Deception is now a trusted cybersecurity consultant to the Fortune 500 and governments worldwide. Kevin Mitnick is Chief Executive Officer of the security firm Mitnick Security Consulting, LLC which helps test companies’ security strengths, weaknesses, and potential loopholes.

He mentors leaders, executives, and staff on both the theory and practice of social engineering, topics on which he is considered a leading global authority. The redeemed hacker also helps consumers—from students to retirees— learn how to protect their information and themselves from harm. In fact,  he’s written a book about it called The Art of Invisibility, The World’s Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data.

Hacking Executive Search

The Good Search recruits senior executives and technologists in cybersecurity.  In that industry, companies typically focus on one of two things: keeping the bad guys out and letting the good guys in.  We recently placed the Head of Product for a company that does the latter, a sector called identity and access management. They let the good guys in. Recently, Stephen Colbert let Kevin Mitnick in as a guest on his show Late Night with Stephen Colbert.

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