Your homework this month is to share with us your stories of how your own acting prowess helped you in social engineering... even if not for a pen test.
As an example, I did a lot of acting when in HS and college. I can honestly say that it not only allowed me to pass over the biggest fear most people have, public speaking, but it also gave me the confidence in delivering a written line. These skills help me pretty much every day in my business life as it makes me comfortable speaking, hosting webcasts and making business calls. People often mention that I social engineer my way into getting all of the great Monthly Giveaways here on EH-Net. That's not far from the truth.
Permanent Link: [Article]-Look Mom, I`m a Thespian: How to Use Acting Skills as a Social Engineer
Social Engineering is a complex beast. It is not simply lying or telling someone a deceitful story to get them to give over their passwords. Social Engineering (SE) is defined, well at least by me, as any act that influences a person to take an action that may or may not be against their best interest. With that definition in mind there are many different principles that influence SE and the skills needed both physically and psychologically.
The concept behind this column is to provide the tools, techniques and direction to the readers that would like to either incorporate more SE into their current work or to become a full-time social engineer. I would like to take this month’s article to talk about at least one of the psychological principles involved in SE that should be considered foundational and required. It makes a huge difference in your ability to be successful.
Have fun with this one,