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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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Chapter 2

Cracking the Hacker Mindset


check Understanding the enemy

check Profiling hackers and malicious users

check Understanding why attackers do what they do

check Examining how attackers go about their business

Before you start assessing the security of your systems, it’s good to know a few things about the people you’re up against. Many security product vendors and security professionals claim that you should protect all of your systems from the bad guys — both internal and external. But what does this mean? How do you know how these people think and execute their attacks?

Knowing what hackers and malicious users want helps you understand how they work. Understanding how they work helps you look at your information systems in a whole new way. In this chapter, I describe the challenges you face from the people who actually do the...