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Hacking For Dummies - Sixth Edition

By : Kevin Beaver
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Hacking For Dummies - Sixth Edition

By: Kevin Beaver

Overview of this book

In order to outsmart a hacker, you need to get into the hacker’s mindset. And with this book, thinking like a bad guy has never been easier. In Hacking For Dummies, expert author Kevin Beaver shares his knowledge on penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, security best practices, and every aspect of ethical hacking that is essential in order to stop a hacker in their tracks. Whether you’re worried about your laptop, smartphone, or desktop computer being compromised, this book helps you learn how to recognize the vulnerabilities in your systems and protect them from attacks. You’ll learn the security testing techniques that are based on the information security best practices. You’ll learn how to establish a comprehensive testing plan and plug the holes in your system. The later chapters will teach you how to manage an ongoing security testing program. By the end of the book, you’ll have the knowledge to successfully implement a security assessment program, perform proper security checks, and put the proper countermeasures in place to keep external hackers and malicious users in check.
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Where to Go from Here

The more you know about how external hackers and rogue insiders work and how your systems should be tested, the better you’re able to secure your computer and network systems. This book provides the foundation you need to develop and maintain a successful security assessment and vulnerability management program to minimize business risks.

Depending on your computer and network configurations, you may be able to skip certain chapters. For example, if you aren’t running Linux or wireless networks, you can skip those chapters. Just be careful. You may think you’re not running certain systems, but they could very well be on your network, somewhere, waiting to be exploited.

Keep in mind that the high-level concepts of security testing won’t change as often as the specific vulnerabilities you protect against. Vulnerability and penetration testing will always remain both an art and a science in a field that’s ever...