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Play by Play: Social Engineering with Troy Hunt and Lars Klint

by Troy Hunt and Lars Klint

Social engineering is a powerful technique attackers can use to coerce human targets into exposing sensitive information. In this course, Troy Hunt and Lars Klint show common forms of social engineering, and how you can fight back.

What you'll learn

Despite how robust computer security may be, there remains a serious threat within any system: the people using it. Social engineering is an enormously powerful technique which exploits human weaknesses such as greed, fear and even attributes we consider positive such as sympathy and generosity, in order to compromise security systems and give an attacker access to sensitive information. In this Play by Play, Troy and Lars discuss various techniques that adversaries use to coerce their targets into performing actions that they wouldn't normally do. These range from very simple techniques that even your kids use, to sophisticated human manipulation practices designed to compromise large scale systems.

About the authors

Troy Hunt is a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP for Developer Security, an ASPInsider, and a full time Author for Pluralsight—a leader in online training for technology and creative professionals. Troy has been building software for browsers since the very early days of the web and possesses an exceptional ability to distill complex subjects into relatable explanations. This has led Troy to become an industry thought leader in the security space and produce more than twenty top-rated courses ... more

Lars is a Principal Magician with Arkahna, author, trainer, Microsoft MVP, community leader, aspiring Microsoft Azure expert and part time classic car collector. He is heavily involved in the space of cloud computing services, especially Azure, and is a published author, solution architect and writer for numerous publications. He has been a part of the software development community for the past 20 years and co-organises the DDD Melbourne community conference, organises developer events with Mic... more

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