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Advanced Penetration Testing for Highly-Secured Environments - Second Edition Paperback – March 29, 2016
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About the Author
Lee Allen is currently the vulnerability management program lead for one of the Fortune 500. Among many other responsibilities, he performs security assessments and penetration testing. Lee is very passionate and driven about the subject of penetration testing and security research. His journey into the exciting world of security began back in the 80s, while visiting BBSs with his trusty Commodore 64 and a room carpeted with 5 ¼-inch floppy disks. Over the years, he has continued his attempts at remaining up to date with the latest and greatest in the security industry and the community. He has several industry certifications, including OSWP, and has been working in the IT industry for over 15 years. His hobbies include validating and reviewing proof-of-concept exploit code, programming, security research, attending security conferences, discussing technology, writing, and skiing. He lives in Ohio with his wife, Kellie, and their 6 children, Heather, Kristina, Natalie, Mason, Alyssa, and Seth.
Kevin Cardwell currently works as a freelance consultant and provides consulting services for companies throughout the world, and as an advisor to numerous government entities in the USA, Middle East, Africa, Asia and the UK. He is an instructor, technical editor, and author for computer forensics and hacking courses. He is the author of the Center for Advanced Security and Training (CAST) Advanced Network Defense and Advanced Penetration Testing courses. He is a technical editor of the Learning Tree course, Penetration Testing Techniques and Computer Forensics. He has presented at the Black Hat USA, Hacker Halted, ISSA, and TakeDownCon conferences, as well as many others. He has chaired the cybercrime and cyber defense summit in Oman and was the executive chairman of the oil and gas cyber defense summit. He is the author of Building Virtual Pentesting Labs for Advanced Penetration Testing and Backtrack – Testing Wireless Network Security. He holds a BS in computer science from National University in California and an MS in software engineering from the Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Texas. He developed the strategy and training development plan for the first Government CERT in the country of Oman, which was recently rated as the top CERT in the Middle East. He serves as a professional training consultant to the Oman Information Technology Authority and developed the team to man the first Commercial Security Operations Center in Oman. He has worked extensively with banks and financial institutions throughout the Middle East, Europe, and the UK in the planning of a robust and secure architecture and implementing requirements to meet compliance. He currently provides consultancy to commercial companies, governments, federal agencies, major banks, and financial institutions throughout the globe. Some of his recent consulting projects include the Muscat Securities Market (MSM), Petroleum Development Oman, and the Central Bank of Oman. He designed and implemented the custom security baseline for the existing Oman Airport Management Company (OAMC) airports and the two new airports opening in 2016. He created custom security baselines for all of the Microsoft Operating Systems, Cisco devices, and other applications as well.
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Top customer reviews
It does not cover "Advanced Penetration Testing," nor does it deal in any way with "Highly-Secured Environments." It is an introduction to the business side of security testing, including permission, scope and contracts (rules of engagement). Most of the text is an explanation of how to setup VMware, pfSense, Kali, Ubuntu and other host systems used in test scenarios.
The only "penetration testing" covered is through the use of popular scanning and exploitation tools such as Metasploit and nmap, both of which are given far greater detail in other publications.
It felt like this book was written as a beginner's guide to getting into the field of penetration testing, but was given a new title at the last minute. For about $60, I found this book to be a completely overpriced collection of common knowledge.