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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 bother with automation?

"In computing, the most efficient job is the one that doesn't need to be performed."

– Ignacio Trejos-Zelaya

As mentioned before, cybercriminals leverage automation as their main tool to increase the reach of their attacks, so if you want to play on the same terms, then you should be using also leveraging automation as a key factor in your defensive security strategy.

Benefits of automation

Let's review some of the benefits that you can leverage by implementing automation as part of your defensive security strategy. They are listed here:

  • Optimization of resources (you can do more with less)
  • Relocation of resources to more advanced tasks (by automating time-consuming non-value-added tasks)
  • Cost reduction
  • Faster detection of threats
  • Faster application of countermeasures
  • Reduction of impact in the case of attacks
  • Support of compliance and compliance-related tasks

Now, on the other...