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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

Chapter 14: Malware Analysis

"The target of a malware infection is to exploit a system, therefore malware analysis becomes very important as a mechanism to better understand the malware to reduce the probability and impact of future attacks."

– Patricia Herrera, MSc in Cybersecurity

Malware analysis is considered by many as an offensive security task. However, as a master in defensive security, you must know the basics of this process so that you can leverage it in your defensive security strategy.

Therefore, while this chapter aims to cover the basics of malware analysis, we will also cover some advanced topics, including a hands-on activity to show you how to perform basic malware analysis, but more importantly, how to gather (and interpret) the most valuable information resulting from the analysis.

Here are details of the main topics that we will cover in this chapter:

  • Importance of malware analysis
  • Malware basics, including functionality...