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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Security God needs a Bible, December 16, 2008
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This review is from: Nmap Network Scanning: The Official Nmap Project Guide to Network Discovery and Security Scanning (Paperback)
Every Security God needs a Bible, and Fyodor's absolute, incredibly
definitive guide on Nmap will imbue you with rock-solid scanning
stratagems without having to sacrifice the network to lesser tools and
tomes.

An earlier review mentioned this book, "Is not for the casual nmap
user..." Indeed, Nmap is not a casual tool. No other open-source
security tool in recent memory (10yrs) matches the potentially bad....and
ostensibly good events someone could discern from a network.

What makes the book unique in its approach is that it was written by the
creator of the tool. Fyodor is a rare combination of first-rate
programmer and elucidating author, which some might relate to -- how many
of us have used an excellent tool, only to be underwhelmed by the dearth
of documentation?

This is especially important from a technique/holistic view, meaning that
the more intricate the security tool, the more potential mayhem one can
create. It's the difference between knowing your vulnerabilities or
finding out how personally vulnerable you are to pointed questions by
angry admins after you brought down the network...or worse.

Over half the book goes over features and options I haven't seen online
anywhere else -- that alone makes the book a worthwhile purchase. Buying
the book reaffirms the concept that intelligent, well-designed open
source software can be exponentially better than software costing
thousands...and you can take that to your Knowledge Bank.

-joe
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