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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

Why should I analyze malware?

Let's start by defining malware analysis as a process to analyze malware (software, script, Uniform Resource Locator (URL), and so on) to gather as much information as possible about the threat.

This is considered a very technical task that demands highly skilled professionals, and these resources could be very expensive for companies to afford. Additionally, this task could also be very time-consuming, which increases the cost of performing this analysis even more. However, even companies with strong budgets may not invest in malware analysis, and the reason is that they have not realized the benefits of this investment.

Therefore, let's start by describing the main benefits and outputs of performing malware analysis.

Malware functionality

One of the main goals of malware analysis is to discover the inner functionality of the malware. This step is of the uttermost importance because it will support the containment efforts after...