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Python for Security and Networking - Third Edition

By : José Ortega
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Python for Security and Networking - Third Edition

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By: José Ortega

Overview of this book

Python’s latest updates add numerous libraries that can be used to perform critical security-related missions, including detecting vulnerabilities in web applications, taking care of attacks, and helping to build secure and robust networks that are resilient to them. This fully updated third edition will show you how to make the most of them and improve your security posture. The first part of this book will walk you through Python scripts and libraries that you’ll use throughout the book. Next, you’ll dive deep into the core networking tasks where you will learn how to check a network’s vulnerability using Python security scripting and understand how to check for vulnerabilities in your network – including tasks related to packet sniffing. You’ll also learn how to achieve endpoint protection by leveraging Python packages along with writing forensics scripts. The next part of the book will show you a variety of modern techniques, libraries, and frameworks from the Python ecosystem that will help you extract data from servers and analyze the security in web applications. You’ll take your first steps in extracting data from a domain using OSINT tools and using Python tools to perform forensics tasks. By the end of this book, you will be able to make the most of Python to test the security of your network and applications.
Table of Contents (23 chapters)
Section 1: Python Environment and System Programming Tools
Section 2: Network Scripting and Packet Sniffing with Python
Section 3: Server Scripting and Port Scanning with Python
Section 4: Server Vulnerabilities and Security in Web Applications
Section 5: Python Forensics
Assessments – Answers to the End-of-Chapter Questions
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Working with Python Scripting

Python is a simple-to-read-and-write, object-oriented programming language. The language is perfect for security professionals because it allows for fast test development as well as reusable objects to be used in the future.

Throughout this chapter, we will explain data structures and collections such as lists, dictionaries, tuples, and iterators. We will review how to work with functions, classes, objects, files, and exceptions management. We will also learn how to work with modules, manage dependencies, and virtual environments. Finally, we will review development environments for script development in Python like Python IDLE or PyCharm.

The following topics will be covered in this chapter:

  • Learn about data structures and collections in Python
  • Working with functions, classes and objects in Python
  • Working with files in Python
  • Learn about and understand exceptions management in Python
  • Python modules and packages
  • Managing dependencies and virtual environments
  • Development environments for Python scripting