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Make Cybersecurity Books Fiction Again!

Curious to know what to look out for so that you do not fall prey of cybercriminals? Take a look at some cybersecurity must-reads that will help you develop your skills and support your career!

Cybersecurity is a quickly evolving industry, and new technologies are day by day bringing new threats that require new skills. The development pace is so fast that it is very difficult to step back and look for fundamentals. As you stay up-to-date with the latest reports on threats, data breach communications and cases, and developments in the cybersecurity field, it is time to deepen your knowledge as a professional and add these cybersecurity books to your library.

This selection of books are among the most famous and informative with topics ranging from history and law to penetration testing and social engineering.

Hacking: The Art of Exploitation (2nd edition) by Jon Erickson

The second edition of “Hacking: The Art of Exploitation” shows the art and science of hacking in a way that is accessible to everyone with the fundamentals of C programming from a hacker’s perspective. It provides a holistic approach of problem-solving, hacking techniques, programming, as well as network communications. For more, there is a LiveCD which provides a complete Linux programming and debugging environment (without compromising or modifying your operating system). Tons of knowledge you would not want to miss!

Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon by Kim Zetter

Countdown to Zero Day introduced the world to the most sophisticated technology of the time and warfare in the digital age. Stuxnet proved to be unlike any other malware that had ever existed, since it was the first attack that reached beyond computers; it did not intend stealing information from the targeted computers but rather caused physical destruction on the equipment controlled by those computers, in this case an Iranian nuclear facility. Check out this book to learn everything regarding the planning, execution, and discovery of Stuxnet, the so-known world’s first digital weapon.

The Art of Deception by Kevin Mitnick and William L. Simon

Are humans the weakest link in the security chain? Authors of “The Art of Deception” introduce us to the modern world threats posed by the human factor and how lack of vigilance can make even the most sophisticated security systems worthless. What is really intriguing about this book is its perspective, that of both the attacker and the victim. The book unfolds some true stories of successful attacks, narrated by the world’s most famous hacker, Kevin Mitnick, the reason they were successful, what could have been done to prevent them, thus attempting to increase information security awareness.

Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets and Solutions by Joel Scambray, Stuart McClure, George Kurtz

The Hacking Exposed series, also known as the bible of hacking, has become the ultimate reference for all security professionals. This book has proven to be a great resource for network securing providing guidance from experts renowned worldwide, with many examples of hacker attacks and tools. As it has been said “the best way to protect a system is to understand all the ways hackers can break into it,” and Hacking Exposed is the right address for grasping such knowledge.

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