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Mastering Defensive Security

By : Cesar Bravo
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Mastering Defensive Security

By: Cesar Bravo

Overview of this book

Every organization has its own data and digital assets that need to be protected against an ever-growing threat landscape that compromises the availability, integrity, and confidentiality of crucial data. Therefore, it is important to train professionals in the latest defensive security skills and tools to secure them. Mastering Defensive Security provides you with in-depth knowledge of the latest cybersecurity threats along with the best tools and techniques needed to keep your infrastructure secure. The book begins by establishing a strong foundation of cybersecurity concepts and advances to explore the latest security technologies such as Wireshark, Damn Vulnerable Web App (DVWA), Burp Suite, OpenVAS, and Nmap, hardware threats such as a weaponized Raspberry Pi, and hardening techniques for Unix, Windows, web applications, and cloud infrastructures. As you make progress through the chapters, you'll get to grips with several advanced techniques such as malware analysis, security automation, computer forensics, and vulnerability assessment, which will help you to leverage pentesting for security. By the end of this book, you'll have become familiar with creating your own defensive security tools using IoT devices and developed advanced defensive security skills.
Table of Contents (23 chapters)
Section 1: Mastering Defensive Security Concepts
Section 2: Applying Defensive Security
Section 3: Deep Dive into Defensive Security

Overview of Nexpose Community

Nexpose is another vulnerability scanner that is very similar to OpenVAS.

Nexpose Community is supported by Rapid7 and you can download it here:

We have to highlight the fact that the functionality has been limited; however, in case you want the full version, they also offer the full version of Nexpose for a 30-day trial.

The installation steps are well documented at the following link:

To run a scan, you just need to follow this simple flow, as highlighted in Figure 13.16:

  1. INFO & SECURITY: Here, you just need to add a name and description of the testing.
  2. ASSETS: Select the assets or system to be scanned.
  3. AUTHENTICATION: Here, you can add the credentials for authenticated tests.
  4. TEMPLATES: Here, you can choose the type of scan to be performed—for example, a Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) scan or PCI DSS.
  5. ENGINES: Here, you select...