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ISBN-13: 978-1118380932 ISBN-10: 1118380932 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 4 edition (January 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118380932
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118380932
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'If you are looking for a practical guide that can teach you real-world hacking and penetration testing skills, Hacking For Dummies is an excellent resource.' (RSA Conference. January 2013)

From the Back Cover

Learn to:

  • Defend against the latest Windows® 8 and Linux® hacks
  • Develop an effective ethical hacking plan
  • Protect web applications, databases, laptops, and smartphones
  • Use the latest testing tools and techniques

Are you a defender of systems?

Then you need this book!

Learn how to ward off attacks

Until you can think like a bad guy and recognize the vulnerabilities in your systems, you can't build an effective plan to keep your information secure. This book helps you stay on top of the security game! Here's just what you need to know about penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, security best practices, and every aspect of ethical hacking.

  • How a hacker thinks — explore the malicious mindset and learn what steps to take as you plan your ethical hacking program
  • Recognize common tricks — learn about social engineering, password-cracking techniques, and physical security issues
  • Get rolling — choose the right tools and set your plan in motion
  • Demystify mobile security — learn to protect smartphones, laptops, and tablets used in your organization
  • Protect the network — discover weaknesses in TCP/IP and wireless networks and learn to secure them
  • Lock your Windows — fortify your Windows and Linux operating systems against attack
  • App attack — find the vulnerabilities in business applications such as e-mail, web apps, and databases
  • Use what you learn — correct the flaws you find and keep looking for more

Open the book and find:

  • Fundamentals of ethical hacking
  • The weak links in most security programs
  • Countermeasures to network vulnerabilities
  • Help establishing an ongoing program
  • How to develop reports on the information you gather
  • Tips for selling your plan to management
  • Case studies of common hack attacks
  • A list of ethical hacking tools and resources

More About the Author

I am an independent information security consultant, expert witness, author, and professional speaker with over 23 years of experience in IT - the last 17 of which I've dedicated to information security. Before starting Principle Logic in 2001, I served in various information technology and security roles for several healthcare, e-commerce, financial firms, educational institutions, and consulting organizations.

I have appeared on CNN television as an information security expert and have been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, Fortune Small Business, Women's Health and Inc. Magazine's technology site IncTechnology.com. My work has also been referenced by the PCI Council in their Data Security Standard Wireless Guidelines. I have presented at seminars and conferences over 200 times and have been a top-rated information security speaker at shows for Gartner, TechTarget, RSA, CSI, SecureWorld Expo and The IIA. I focus my speaking services on information security seminars, panels and keynoting IT and information security-related shows. Additionally, I've performed over three dozen webcasts for TechTarget, Ziff-Davis and other publishers.

I am author/co-author of 10 information security books including Hacking For Dummies, Hacking Wireless Networks For Dummies, Securing the Mobile Enterprise For Dummies, and Laptop Encryption For Dummies (all by Wiley) as well as The Definitive Guide to Email Management and Security (Realtimepublishers.com) and The Practical Guide to HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance (Auerbach). In addition, I am technical editor of the book Network Security For Dummies (Wiley) as well as over a dozen books and whitepapers for Realtimepublishers.com.

I have written 27 whitepapers and over 600 articles on information security. I am a regular contributor of information security content for SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com, SearchCompliance.com, SearchWindowsServer.com, SearchWinIT.com and Security Technology Executive magazine. I have also written articles for Information Security Magazine, CSOOnline.com, and Computerworld.com. In addition, I'm the creator and author of the Security On Wheels information security audio programs providing security learning for IT professionals on the go as well as its associated blog here at securityonwheels.com/blog. You can also view my videos on YouTube at www.youtube.com/principlelogic, follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kevinbeaver and link to me on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/kevinbeaver.

I earned my bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering Technology from Southern College of Technology and my master's degree in Management of Technology from Georgia Tech. I also hold the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification which I obtained in 2001.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ben Rothke on January 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
I first reviewed Hacking For Dummies in 2006 when it was in the 2nd edition. With the 4th edition of the book just out, my friend Kevin Beaver has a completely updated and valuable guide.

The current edition has the same basic motif, but is updated for Windows 8, Linux, wireless and other new hacking and penetration testing tools.

The books theme, like that of all books of the same genre, is that the best way to secure your network and web sites is to understand how adversaries will attack.

There is no shortage of introductory guides to hacking and penetration testing. The Hacking Exposed series is meant for those with more experience. You can consider Hacking For Dummies a kinder, gentler version of Hacking Exposed.

The book is meant for a reader who is comfortable with basic computer and network security concepts, but goes not expect them to be an advanced user.

The book is organized into seven parts. For those that don't have an interest in a particular topic, they can skill that section.

The book covers all of the core areas around securing an IT infrastructure; from physical security and operating systems; to wireless, mobile applications, applications and more.

While the reader is not expected to have a deep technical background, the book does go into some detail, as it must to provide a hands-on approach.

For those looking for a high-level theoretical approach to network defense, look elsewhere. This is an in the trenches guide to use to ensure that your organization's systems and network are secure.

If you are looking for a practical guide that can teach you real-world hacking and penetration testing skill, Hacking For Dummies is an excellent resource.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bl1tz87 on August 19, 2013
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Decent book with an overview of how to protect you or your business's information. I highly recommend this book for pin-testing and security.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oswaldo J. Rey on March 18, 2014
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Not what I expected, too much reading and not any example.
Too much explanation, again not example
It can be made more pleasant
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Kiser on July 22, 2014
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Still reading but beyond my computer knowledge. Its not for Dummies but for Programmers. Not saying its a bad book its just over my head.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Bynum on August 29, 2013
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This book delivers exactly on what it promises: a high-level overview of the current world of computer, network, and website hacking. The information isn't so dense that it's incomprehensible, and it's just right for someone who is familiar with computers but doesn't consider themselves an expert or professional. This book easily leads into something far more comprehensive such as "The 24 Deadly Sins of Software Security" (Deadly Sins Software Security Programming Overall a very good read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcus brennon on August 1, 2014
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Upon buying this, I expected to learn how to hack any system that I so chose, however, this book is more on defending against hacks by teaching you the basics of hacking. If you're expecting to hack into your school server and change the lunch menu, keep looking... Otherwise very interesting read, easy (my knowledge of computers is about as far as I can throw one, which is actually pretty far) the terminology is dumbed down for us who know nothing of the hacking world which is nice. I gave it four stars only because I felt as if he could of had a simpler section with just a to do list for easy security. Instead I had to read the entire thing. Overall great book. Peace.
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By GEORGE ALAN on August 1, 2014
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Perfect book for my Computer Science project.
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