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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

Mastering the art of social engineering

Social engineering is one of the most fascinating topics in security. In fact, many experts define social engineering as an art: an art that requires a lot of social skills that enables the attackers to gain access to the victim's mind to gather personal information or even persuade the victim to perform certain actions that will benefit the attacker.

This is like hacking into the human brain to read the user's data or inject instructions for the human to perform.

As I mentioned earlier, this is a very exciting and important topic, so I will try to summarize it as much as I can.

Important note

As a professional in defensive security, you must master this topic because the better you understand how this works, the better you can defend against it.

Now, let's take a look at the attacks that are aimed to trick the user. Additionally, keep in mind that while not all authors agree on classifying these attacks as types...