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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

Types of automated attacks

Most attacks are automated, aimed to target a broader audience to increase the chances of success; therefore, it is important that you understand the types of automated attacks that you may face, and to do that, we will do a review of the classification of automated attacks based on the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP).

Account aggregation

This attack is aimed at identifying and aggregating accounts based on a common factor—for example, gathering all credentials from a given system, gathering credentials from a single user (from a plurality of systems), and so on.

Account creation

This attack is aimed at creating bulk accounts.

The objectives of attackers are varied, including using new accounts for spam, account misuse, Denial of Service (DoS), and so on.

Ad fraud

This automated attack is aimed at providing false clicks to commit fraud with advertisements, as illustrated in the following screenshot: