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Offensive Countermeasures: The Art of Active Defense Kindle Edition

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About the Author

John Strand is a member of PaulDotCom Security Weekly, Owner of Black Hills Information Security and a instructor with the SANS Institute. Paul Asadoorian is the founder of PaulDotCom Security Weekly.

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  • File Size: 5678 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1490945067
  • Publisher: PaulDotCom; 1 edition (June 10, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 10, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DQSQ7QY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jose L Quinones on August 18, 2013
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Nice to read but I think it fell short on the technical side. It would have been a lot better if it included more how materials or technical references so we could use it to bulid proof of concept projects.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anon on October 8, 2013
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The book expands upon the tools and concepts utilized in the active defense suite. I purchased the book, because I appreciate the work they have put into that suite. That being said, I feel the book leaves a lot to be desired. The whole book seems rushed. Typos and errors abound. I was also expecting a little more depth into legality. For those new to the idea of actively defending networks or security in general, this is still a good read. For those with a little more experience, just view the Derbycon talk and download AD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Anderson on September 29, 2013
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Overall this book provides a good review of high level concepts with some minor depth of what organizations can do to better protect their assets using both defensive and offensive strategies. I was just hoping for a more technical explanation, and more advanced techniques, but the book does cover what it states. I really hope that there will be a continuation of discussions and more information released regarding this topic and the future of where cyber security / warfare will bring us
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By Dallas H. on December 18, 2013
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Having attended many webcasts of John Stand and Paul Asadorian, I have come to appreciate them both as excellent security practitioners and the fact they are more than willing to share their knowledge. This book is a compilation of many of their webcasts/teachings and it explains the idea of active defense and also touches on ADHD (Active Defense Harbinger Distribution); ADHD is meant to help tilt the scales of security back into the hands of the defenders and/or at least give them a more level playing field. I originally purchased this book simply to support them and their knowledge crusade, however, I read the book and then went back through it to try all of their theories against my own techniques and I have to say they work extremely well. Absolutely essential for anyone looking for the next step beyond OS patching, updated anti-virus, IDS/IPS, etc. -- DH
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By Skymeat on August 23, 2013
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As the book states: get your house in order first, and then go out and play.

I read this book today, and poked most of the modules in the ADHD CD.

This book tries to break the mold that hacking back is never okay.
What I found most interesting is the emphasis on NOT hacking the hackers. At least not now.

The emphasis is on obfuscation and data collection before (or if) taking any active action.

This book is not heavy on technical details - nor should it be.
It's trying to convey a new concept.

If you want to hack someone - there are plenty of technical resources on how to hack something. This book offers some ideas on an interesting and new line of thought.
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This is a great read for someone that has already spent some time doing Information Security on either the offensive or defensive side. It presents some creative ways to perform annoyance, attribution, and, ultimately, attack the attackers. Since this is quite different from the traditional and accepted approaches to InfoSec, I look forward to seeing how the industry responds to the ideas that are presented.

The book is self-published...there are some typos, minor grammatical problems, etc. But the content is very good.

This book should be one of many resources that you use to grow your knowledge and abilities.
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By Ben Apple on March 12, 2014
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This book is good for what it is. It is not an academic InfoSec book.

The book is ontended to give some hands on tools for active cyber defense. If you are looking for a deep explanation of how the variuos tools work then look elsewhere. If you want a quick and dirty set of tools that help you set up an active defense environment then this is the book.
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By Bill Mathews on January 31, 2014
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Really good ideas in this book that are with expanding on in enterprises. My only.complaint is the proofreading, the number of typos is annoying.
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