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Unmasking the Social Engineer: The Human Element of Security by Paul Ekman, Paul Kelly F., Christopher Hadnagy

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Acknowledgments and Preface

As I planned this book, many people inspired me and helped me along the way. First and foremost is my family.

My wife, Areesa: You are the most patient person I know. The deeper I get into writing, the more reclusive I become. You have supported me, encouraged me, and made this life possible. Not many women can deal with being married to a professional social engineer. Answering phone calls using a different name and speaking with people who believe I am someone else. Having fake social media profiles online. Traveling the globe breaking into places and teaching others how to do the same. You are a remarkably patient, kind, and beautiful person. I am truly honored to have you as my wife. The first 20 years have been amazing. Let's make the next 20 even better! I love you.

My son, Colin: I've never met anyone who loves to read and learn like you do. If I mention a topic during family time, you later read about it and then can talk about it intelligently. When I took you through the five-day course, I didn't know what to expect, or if you would like it. It was great to watch you grow and expand your horizons. I believe that you will do amazing things in your life, and that your happy, easygoing personality will make you a real success. I love you, buddy.

My daughter, Amaya: You are the reason behind my smile. I look at you, and my world lights up. I love you so much. I remember when you were little, you would sit on my shoulders while I worked, sometimes ...

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