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About the Author

Lee Allen

Lee Allen is currently working as a security architect at a prominent university. Throughout the years, he has continued his attempts to remain up to date with the latest and greatest developments in the security industry and the security community. He has several industry certifications including the OSWP and has been working in the IT industry for over 15 years. Lee Allen is the author of Advanced Penetration Testing for HighlySecured Environments: The Ultimate Security Guide, Packt Publishing.

Tedi Heriyanto

Tedi Heriyanto currently works as a principal consultant in an Indonesian information security company. In his current role, he has been engaged with various penetration testing assignments in Indonesia and other countries. In his previous role, he was engaged with several wellknown business institutions across Indonesia and overseas. Tedi has an excellent track record in designing secure network architecture, deploying and managing enterprisewide security systems, developing information security policies and procedures, performing information security audits and assessments, and providing information security awareness training. In his spare time, he manages to research, learn, and participate in the Indonesian Security Community activities and has a blog He shares his knowledge in the security fi eld by writing several information security books.

Shakeel Ali

Shakeel Ali is a Security and Risk Management consultant at Fortune 500. Previously, he was the key founder of Cipher Storm Ltd., UK. His expertise in the security industry markedly exceeds the standard number of security assessments, audits, compliance, governance, and forensic projects that he carries out in daytoday operations. He has also served as a Chief Security Officer at CSS Providers SAL. As a senior security evangelist and having spent endless nights without taking a nap, he provides constant security support to various businesses, educational organizations, and government institutions globally. He is an active, independent researcher who writes various articles and whitepapers and manages a blog at Also, he regularly participates in BugCon Security Conferences held in Mexico, to highlight the bestofbreed cyber security threats and their solutions from practically driven countermeasures.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 454 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing - ebooks Account (May 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184951948X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849519489
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #660,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NazHus on July 6, 2014
Format: Paperback
A great introductory practical tutorial. Provides valuable information with good amount of detail on using Kali for security and penetration tests. One of the greatest benefits of using Kali is the packages of tools which comes with it. This book does a good job on covering topics like exploitation and security vulnerabilities using tools like Metasploit. Additionally covers number of other tools and their uses such as: Wireshark, Nessus and Nmap. Overall a solid book with good flow and good selection topics. Only critique (personal) I would say that the book is a hefty size and really gets useful after chapter 4, it is quite broad and takes an introductory approach, but it had potential to explore concepts in more depth and cover the real difficulties in this field, but for an introductory useful reference to security and penetration tests, this book is a great place to start.
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Format: Paperback
"Kali Linux: Assuring Security By Penetration Testing” by Packt Publishing – the book provides a good overview on Kali Penetration Testing suite features (including a basic lab) and a basic review of the common Penetration Testing methodologies. In addition, Packt Publishing has a solid background in authoring security books on Kali suite, like the book “Web Penetration Testing with Kali Linux”. Furthermore, the book is easy to read and it’s a book that can be read in a short time.
The main limitations that I found in this book are: The book covers information which isn’t update to date sometimes (e.g. SMB and CIFS today aren’t the same protocols, etc). The other limitation is the hard copy book price and I hope that book price would be dropped in the near future.
As a final word, the book can be used by beginners that like to become familiar with Kali Penetration Testing suite.
Disclosure - I got a free copy of the book from Packt Publishing for reviewing purpose.
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The overall contents of the book are quite useful and informative. I work in one of the top financial institutions (Fortune 100) where the security practices require proactive and diligent measures to be taken for all the possible threat scenarios. This is where the Penetration Testing comes in handy. It is, however, not so common in my industry to utilize open source security auditing tools to assess the threats and vulnerabilities which may exist in the network infrastructure (systems or applications). But leveraging a use of Open Source Security Toolkit (i.e. Kali Linux) in parallel provides more flexible and robust structure for conducting the pen-testing exercise. As the combination of both Open Source and Commercial security tools help in broad coverage of vulnerability intelligence. Therefore, it assures that you will not miss any major security issues which may have been existed and yet to be discovered by malicious adversary in near future. The book provides a comprehensive guidelines on the pen-testing methodology and each of its sub-process has been written in clear and concise format divided into individual chapters. The book has distinguished itself from the rest based on several factors, such as the quality of the contents, exceptionally clear and realistic examples, and theoretical explanations behind each concept in the security field.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mat on July 7, 2014
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Had some time over the holiday to finish my review copy of Kali Linux – Assuring Security by Penetration Testing, which is Ppobably one of the better beginner/intermediate Kali books.

This book covers a lot of ground and lays down a solid foundation for discovery, enumeration, vulnerability assessment, exploitation, persistence, and reporting. It covers a lot of the basic tools like nmap, wireshark, metasploit, openvas,and burp as well as going into some of the fuzzers, MITM attacks, escalation and more.

The only thing that would make this book perfect is if the author got rid of the first two chapters (downloading,installing,configuring, etc) and condensed the chapters on penetration testing methodologies and reporting together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alshttrbg on July 6, 2014
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Nice intro and provides some basics on installation. Fairly okay in terms of very general information. You could stand to learn more on the website. The manual provides decent information on downloading, installation by means of USB, disk or by using a virtual machine. Other than that, it earns a 3 star rating for what is well provided. Beyond that, it spends way too much time on explaining the writers and their backgrounds!
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