Security controls traditionally focus on securing the information systems people use. However, people themselves are frequently the weak link; social engineering exploits human behaviors to give the attacker the upper hand in ultimately achieving malicious objectives. This course will teach you about social engineering techniques attackers use to compromise systems, and the tools you can use to fight back. This course is part of the Ethical Hacking Series: http://blog.pluralsight.com/learning-path-ethical-hacking
Security defenses within information systems focus primarily on technology controls, that is, security is implemented within physical appliances and software. These controls are frequently bypassed when the humans themselves are compromised by a social engineering attack. Social engineering involves compromising the individuals that use these systems. Attackers look to exploit weaknesses in human nature and coerce people into performing actions which give the attacker an advantage. In this course, we'll look at various different social engineering techniques that can be used to compromise systems. We'll also look at both computer-based and behavior-based tools to help defend against this risk. This course is part of the Ethical Hacking Series. http://blog.pluralsight.com/learning-path-ethical-hacking
Troy is a Software Architect, Microsoft MVP for Developer Security and ASPInsider. He's a regular conference speaker, frequent blogger at troyhunt.com and is the author of the OWASP Top 10 for .NET developers series and the free eBook of the same name.