Rank #1: Ep. 090 - Pro-tips on becoming a professional social engineer
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....
Kaz: Any book on Twitter
Michele: Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
Chris: Presence -Amy Cuddy
Feb 13 2017
Rank #2: Ep. 059 – Legal Stalking and Other Scary Tales from Michael Bazzell
Information is the life blood of the social engineer. Knowing how to obtain, locate, catalog and use all the info and their resources can be a daunting job. Our guest this month, Michael Bazzell, has made a career out of it. July 14, 2014 - See more at: http://www.social-engineer.org/podcast/ep-059-legal-stalking-scary-tales-michael-bazzell/#sthash.e5PTAVyW.dpuf
Jul 14 2014
Rank #3: Ep 095 - Spies Like Us: From Standup to the CIA
Emily Brandwin may be one of the funniest guests we have had on the show. She is an ex-CIA agent, ex-Stand up comic, present day comedy writer. No, we are serious.
You will enjoy this conversation where:
- We find out how a haiku landed her in the CIA?
- Why did she even apply in the first place?
- Pretexting, pretexting and more pretexting - top tips from a spy
- Does Chris really own a cat suit?
- Can he truly speak pirate?
- There is just so much more....
This is one to not miss!
Emily, like many of you, is an avid reader and gives us an amazing list of books this month:
Jul 10 2017
Rank #4: Ep. 124 - Cognitive Energy and Critical Thinking with Dr. Christopher Dwyer
Welcome to another episode of The Social-Engineer Podcast! Host, Christopher Hadnagy, interviews Christopher Dwyer, on this 124th episode. Dr. Dwyer is a psychologist who has been researching critical thinking and cognitive energy throughout his career, including what it means to be a critical thinker. He started his PhD by researching argument mapping, focusing on the structure of arguments and the effect of it on memory performance.
Chris asks Dr. Dwyer how he would define critical thinking. For Dr. Dwyer, the term refers to purposeful, self-regulatory reflective judgment reliant on a number of skills in order to produce a valid conclusion to an argument or a solution to a problem. Dr. Dwyer explains how the term has come to have different meanings across the industry - but the main idea has been that core skills and core dispositions make up critical thinking. Dr. Dwyer is interested in how to enhance people’s critical thinking skills; however, he has found that it is very dependent on context and circumstances. He shares an example of this, comparing findings about critical thinking of traditional students and adult-learning course students. The mature students had worse critical thinking at the beginning of a class yet they improved more than traditional students over time.
Towards the end of the episode, Chris and Dr. Dwyer discuss how humans hate to be wrong, but love to be right. Dr. Dwyer says that this is due to risk aversion - we do not enjoy the things that are detrimental to us and we fear being found wanting. However, it is important to not let our fear stop us from critically thinking well.
Dec 09 2019
Rank #5: Ep. 055 - Learning to Notice What You See
Nonverbal communication is a pretty hot topic lately, especially with the release of Chris' newest book. This month we invite Paul Kelly, the technical editor of that book, friend and Ekman Group's main trainer to the podcast. Mar 10, 2014
Mar 10 2014
Rank #6: Ep. 075 - Scam Schooling The Social Engineer
If you took 10 billion parts high energy, 10 billion parts social engineer and 10 billion parts raw awesome and blended them together, poured them in a mold and let them gel it would come out this month's guest. Brian Brushwood is all that and more..... Nov 9, 2015
Nov 09 2015
Rank #7: Ep. 045 - Negotiation Skills Applied to Social Engineering
Negotiation skills - how closely do they mirror Social Engineering? Join us and our guest, Jenny “The Radcliffe” Radcliffe as we discuss these topics
May 13 2013
Rank #8: Ep. 125 - Using Deception Detection Techniques Daily with William Ortiz
In Episode 125, host Chris Hadnagy speaks with William Ortiz, a federal polygraph examiner who worked in the FBI for decades. In this discussion, you’ll learn how the polygraph works, how people try to fool the polygraph, and what agents and attorneys are really after when they receive the results of a polygraph examination. You’ll also hear some tips and tricks about deception that can inform your everyday interactions.
3 Key Points:
- Polygraph is a tool alongside non-verbals and behavior analysis questions to determine whether someone is telling the truth.
- Being nervous is part of taking the polygraph test. Being nervous will not affect the test, but helps to establish your baseline.
3. When you ask someone a question, pay attention to whether they answer it. Then ask more questions to see where they lead.
Jan 13 2020
Rank #9: Ep. 104 - Having the Courage To Create a Tribe with Dov Baron
Apr 09 2018
Rank #10: Ep. 058 - How to Control Your Self Control
Self control is one thing we know little about, but thanks to new research we are understanding more of what it is and how we can control our self control. Join the SEPodcast crew while they chat with Dr. Inzlicht as we discuss this fascinating topic.
Jun 08 2014
Rank #11: Ep. 115 - Leading Everyone like Dogs with Chase Hughes
Chase Hughes is an ex-military Chief that wanted to learn how to better the study of influence. He wanted to see if he could teach anyone to use these skills fast and with precision. Join us this month as we discuss this very topic with Chase and try to answer:
- Can we train people in influence like we train animals?
- Can we control our own minds to condition ourselves to not be influenced?
- Can we change how we react to fear, anger or other emotions?
- So much more...
You can follow Chase on his Twitter account: https://twitter.com/thechasehughes
Check out Chase's book. The Ellipsis Manual
and also his book recommendation, Be the Pack Leader by Cesar Milan
Mar 11 2019
Rank #12: Ep. 078 - Curiosity, Trust and Getting Zen with Robin Dreeke
Join us for another amazing episode with one of our favorite guests Robin Dreeke.
He helps us with:
- Building on the 10 steps to rapport
- How do we apply the 5 steps to trust?
- Can this really make you more zen?
- What is the name of his new book?
- What is this? We are HORNSBY FREE!!
Feb 08 2016
Rank #13: Ep. 123 - Reframe Your Decisions with Dr Eva Krackow
On this episode of The Social-Engineer Podcast, host Chris sits down with Dr. Eva Krackow to discuss decision-making. Eva is an assistant professor in psychology at the University of Leicester, and focuses her research on judgement and decision-making, as well as how people can improve their daily choices for the better. Similarly, The Social-Engineer focuses on the end user, and how their decisions affect their online security. Eva talks about a game that was developed to research the difference in an individual’s behavior based on the motive of the game, being teamwork, or a competition, and how subtle framing can influence an individual’s behavior. Framing is a way to present an idea or concept to an individual to achieve desired results.
Chris and Eva discuss the parallels between online security, The Social-Engineer’s line of business, and an individual’s choice to lean towards a way of “framing” that appeals to them. In terms of phishing scams, where once there were emails riddled with errors, scams have become more intelligent, getting email correspondence to appear more legitimate. Framing of the message has become more professional and sophisticated. The framing of the emails has changed in a way to adapt to the individual reading the scam, allowing the scammer to continue to be successful in stealing identities and information.
Eva discusses issues that come along with our current age of social media, and how individuals are less likely to explore unfamiliar information because of the algorithms that these popular networking sites use to appease each individual user. Social media websites aren’t necessarily our friend when it comes to actual facts and accurate information, but it is coincidentally where most people are finding their news sources. She suggests we need to consistently look outside of our usual media sources, outside of our current friends list, and be aware of the information we’re absorbing. When we don’t take these initiatives on our own, we can find ourselves taking in a never ending supply of information that appeals specifically to us, making it easier to believe the news we take in to be fact, when many times, it’s not. Reframing our communication allows us to be more open to new information that we may not have been before, it can open doors we weren’t aware existed when we’re able to step outside of our comfort zone.
Listen to more episodes and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts!
Find more of Dr. Eva Krackow’s articles at https://www.psychologytoday.com/us
Find more information about The Social-Engineer at: https://www.social-engineer.org/
Eva's Book Recommendations:
Nov 23 2019
Rank #14: Ep. 103 - How To Be A Good Parent With Michael Bazzell
Michael Bazzell spent 18 years as a government computer crime investigator. During the majority of that time, he was assigned to the FBI's Cyber Crimes Task Force where he focused on open source intelligence, hacking cases, and personal data removal methods. As an active investigator for multiple organizations, he has been involved in numerous high-tech criminal investigations including online child solicitation, child abduction, kidnapping, cold-case homicide, terrorist threats, and high level computer intrusions. He has trained thousands of individuals in the use of his investigative techniques and privacy control strategies.
This month Michael talks about:
- Some actionable OSINT tips you can use now!
- His new book that you must read
- Tips on parenting, that we doubt you will want to follow
- His VM operating system that contains so many tools it could make an OSINT'er drool
- So much more....
Micahel's new book: Open Source Intelligence Techniques: Resources for Searching and Analyzing Online Information is a must read and he recommends our listeners check out: Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
We know you will enjoy this episode!
Mar 12 2018
Rank #15: Ep. 074 - Sounds like Phishy Business to Me
Phishing is the number one security threat to organizations around the globe. Yet only a fraction of the companies that control our services, infrastructure and resources are educating their people how to combat this threat. Why? Lets discuss with Mark Chapman.... Oct 12, 2015
Oct 12 2015
Rank #16: Ep. 044 - Do you trust me?
Trust. It is the foundation that every relationship must have to succeed. Our guest Dr. Paul Zak spent many years studying trust. Join us as he answers questions like: What is trust? What chemical creates trust? How can you make someone ooze with that chemical? Do synthetic trust products work? Does Dave’s creepy hugging actually have any hint of truth?
Apr 09 2013
Rank #17: Ep. 069 – Putting the Psych into PSYOP
PSYOP, or psychological operations, is a fascinating topic that we will be delving into with our guest, Jimmy Do. May 11, 2015
May 11 2015
Rank #18: Ep. 098 - Winning the SECTF with Chris & Rachel
Chris Kirsch, the 1st place winner of the SECTF, is a returning competitor that came back to prove to himself how and why he CAN win this competition after his previous attempt was ...um... not so great. Rachel Tobac is our scariest competitor but also one of our most positive and sweetest. She comes back to yet again take 2nd place in the SECTF this year. We will discuss:
- What helped you win?
- What is one of the most important lessons?
- Would you recommend others try the SECTF?
Do you want to see their entrance videos?
Oct 09 2017
Rank #19: Ep. 087 - 'We' as in 'you' - how pronouns make you look
Author, 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:
Along with the accompanying website at: http://www.secretlifeofpronouns.com/
Nov 14 2016
Rank #20: Ep. 101: Flash Bangs: The Reformation of an Social Engineer
Eric Taylor, aka CosmoTheGod, formerly of UGNazi has been caught arrested and now reforming his past ways turn his skills to the good. Join us as we talk to Eric about:
- How did you stop the Kansas City Swatter?
- How did you get into hacking and social engineering?
- How did you reform?
- What are you going to do to stay on the side of right?
- What are you going to do now?
- and so much more.
You can find Eric on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/CosmoTheGod
And he recommends the book by Kevin Mitnick, Ghost in the Wires
Jan 08 2018