Maxie Reynolds is widely considered one of this generation's most successful social engineers. She started her career in oil and gas as an underwater robotics pilot working in Norway, Venezuela, Australia, Italy, Russia, Nigeria, and the United States. She then transited into cybersecurity at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Australia, working in ethical hacking and social engineering. She later studied digital forensics with SANS and has performed digital forensics for law enforcement and corporate America, and as an expert witness.
Maxie was born and grew up in Scotland, dabbled as a stuntwoman, and achieved some success as a model in both the UK and the United States. She has a degree in computer science, a degree in underwater robotics, and is educated in quantum computing. She is also a published author, and in her spare time she works with the Innocent Lives Foundation and National Child Protection Taskforce.
Maxie has published articles on complex human behavior and its effect on a social engineer's ability to influence and has given speeches on the mindset and science behind the art of social engineering. She teaches various courses on social engineering and the attacker mindset. This book, The Art of Attack: Attacker Mindset for Security Professionals, is the first book of its kind to be published. It looks at the cognitive skills and requirements of the mindset, how to engage it, and why.