Cybersecurity is a necessary practice that focuses on defending digital devices from devastating attacks. Cyber attacks are a massive threat to businesses, organizations and individuals who risk losing the privacy of their digital information or access to their networks, systems and applications.
These books are for everyone concerned with cybersecurity, from beginners to professionals and cover all aspects of the topic, even delving into the most niche areas.
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General Cyber Security Books
Written by infamous hacker, Kevin Mitnick, this book provides an overview of the threats to cybersecurity with real life true story examples. It discusses attacks from both the attackers and victims point of view and offers solutions on how to best counter these attacks.
This is another book by renowned hacker Kevin Mitnick and describes real life cyber attacks and what could’ve been done to prevent such attacks.
Network Security Books
Protecting a computer network by implementing network security is vital for all organizations. Network security helps to prevent cyber attacks and threats and encompasses numerous layers of security and protection to ensure that the network is protected at all levels.
This book covers the basic, need-to-know principles of computer security so that readers gain an understanding of how cyber attacks happen. It is ideal for beginners and can also be used for students on undergraduate and graduate courses. This book also includes hands-on activities so that readers can safely test out the principles outlined in the book.
Written for students, this book covers the importance of network security and how attacks take place via fraud, viruses and hackers. This book is especially useful for students studying corporate, computer and network security courses and contains information on network security applications such as WiFi Security, IP security, SSL/TLS and cloud security and also covers cryptography.
This book is great for beginners as it provides step-by-step instructions on how to set up your own security-testing lab, stimulate cyber attacks and observe how systems become vulnerable to these attacks. This will help readers to understand the inner workings of network security. It also provides software training on programs including Metasploit, Nmap, Wireshark and Networkminer.
This textbook will help guide students through their coursework and exams. Covering all aspects of network security including attacks, what makes a network vulnerable, how to counter an attack and cryptography, students will feel well introduced to the world of network security after reading this book.
Hands-On Network Forensics: Investigate network attacks and find evidence using common network forensic tools
Written for professionals, this book teaches readers about the core concepts of network forensics and how to perform forensics analysis tasks. It also goes into the most widely used malware used to attack networks and various effective protocols.
This book is written to show readers how hackers move when launching an attack and how to track and stop them. It uses case studies to guide readers into understanding how hackers think and the evidence that they leave behind online.
Web Application Security Books
Web application security is dedicated to securing the information on websites and web services. Attacks to web application security often occur to do vulnerabilities in the coding of the website or web service.
This book stresses the importance for all those who work on a computer system to be aware of its security. This guide will teach readers how to build a secure interface and prevent attacks as well as understanding the current state of web and application security.
This book guides readers into understanding web application security by teaching them how to perform web application penetration testing. You will learn how to build a web application security model and discover vulnerabilities through various tools used for penetration testing including Metasploit, Burp Suite, Kali Linux and Nmap.
This to-the-point guide is great for beginners as it educates readers on application security risks in plain language. The book also condenses the information into Excel spreadsheets which readers can download for free from the publisher’s digital annex.
Designed for both professionals and aspiring professionals, this book details how to attack web applications so that individuals and organizations can prepare for an attack themselves. It guides readers on how to create a top rate penetration testing service.
This book exposes readers to web application security flaws and contains up-to-date information on new technologies and techniques that help counter attacks on web applications.
This book focuses on the complexity of creating web applications and helps readers to compartmentalize them in order to keep their applications secure. It provides solutions for common security problems and tells readers how to create secure web applications.
Open Source Intelligence Gathering Books
Acquiring information online is something that we all do. However, there are many tools and techniques available to those looking to investigate something that requires delving a little deeper. Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Gathering is obtaining information from open online sources.
Open Source Intelligence Techniques: Resources for Searching and Analyzing Online Information 6th Edition
Written by ex government computer crime investigator, Michael Bazzell, this book shares the inside methods once used by this ex professional. It is a guide aimed at analysts and aspiring analysts and outlines each step in Bazell’s intelligence gathering process.
This guide details how to best gather information from publicly available online sources on the regular web as well as the deep web and the dark web. It lists many methods of obtaining open information anonymously.
Using real-life examples, this book guides readers insight into insider OSINT techniques including using advanced searches and alternative search engines. It will also show readers how to improve these techniques using programming languages such as Python, Ruby and PowerShell.
This guide to OSINT techniques delves under the surface of online investigations and research on the internet and the deep and dark web. It shows readers how to work their way around cyber geography as well as detailing metasearch engines and deep-web social media platforms.
This book details how to gather information from sources including news broadcasts, public repositories and social media. It also details methods for information gathering such as text mining and web crawling and includes helpful case studies.
Open Source Intelligence Investigation: From Strategy to Implementation (Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications)
This guide is useful for practitioners, academics and students alike. It covers how OSINT tools are designed as well as how to carry out investigations. It also details legal and ethical considerations.
Fuzzing is a technique used by hackers to test software security. This book explains how readers can use this technique to expose vulnerabilities in their software. It also includes case histories to detail how fuzzing has been used in the past.
WordPress Security Books
Around seventy five million websites in the US use WordPress to build their sites and its still an ever evolving system. So many people who work on websites need to understand WordPress security in order to understand their website security.
Best WordPress Security Plugins: The 58 Best Free WordPress Plugins For Making Your Website Hack-Proof
There are thousands of plugins available to secure your WordPress website. This informative guide helps you to select which ones are best for your particular website. Written by a professional WordPress website designer, this book helps you to combat hackers and malware using plugins.
This guide is ideal for beginners and website owners who have not yet understood how to secure and protect their WordPress websites. It provides an in depth explanation on WordPress and how to best secure your site.
This book focuses on preventing website attacks from hackers. It explains the main threats to WordPress websites and provides a step-by-step guide to securing your site. It is easy to follow and great for beginners.
This easy to read guide lists the step-by-step process to best securing your WordPress website. Beginners as well as those who have had their website/s for a long time will be able to easily follow the steps in this book and create a more secure site.
Joomla Security Books
Around 25,000 websites in the US use Joomla. The open-source content management system (CMS) is a safe and secure way to build a website. However, mistakes made by website owners can cause the site to be vulnerable to attacks.
This book will show readers how to prevent their website from being vulnerable to attacks as well as being able to counter any attacks that do take place. It will allow readers to put a security strategy in place for their Joomla sites.
Spam Filtering Books
Spam has the potential to be dangerous as it can cause your computer or network to be vulnerable to cyber attacks and fraud. Because of this, it needs to be dealt with effectively so that current and future spam can be eliminated and prevented.
This book details the various techniques used to identify and filter spam using easy-to-read English. It includes interviews with the creators of some of the best spam filters and exposes the tricks used by spammers.
This book dissects the specific language of spam so that readers are aware of what words could indicate that an email is spam. This book details the methods used in spamming.
This book identifies weaknesses in network communications and details the available techniques of spam filtering as well as a new technique.
Phishing is a way for criminals to obtain personal information via email in an attempt to commit fraud. Scammers use techniques including redirection schemes, spoof emails and combining legitimate and malicious code to steal the victim’s information.
This book is great for readers who want an introduction to or better understanding of phishing attacks and how and why they take place. It also details the common and various types of attacks that take place.
This guide explains the most widely used phishing scam techniques and how to deal with phishing messages. It also dissects real phishing messages, allowing readers to see the warning signs for themselves.
Network Target Enumeration Books
Network Target Enumeration is used to test a network’s security by identifying potential attack vectors in the system. It gathers information such as hostnames, network resources, usernames and more.
This books aims to discover how secure your network is by showing you how to safely attack it. It will equip readers with useful information needed to create secure networks that are protected from future attacks.
Nmap was created by Gordon Lyon, who is also the author of this book which guides users through using the networking scanning system. It is ideal for security and networking professionals across all levels.
Automated Web Application Scanning Books
Automated Web Application Scanning detects vulnerabilities and weaknesses in web applications so that they can be better secured against cyber attacks.
Practical Security Automation and Testing: Tools and techniques for automated security scanning and testing in DevSecOps
This book will teach readers how to use open source tools to carry out security inspection on software. Best used by professionals, this book will allow readers to pinpoint threats to security across web, mobile and cloud services.
Automated Network Security Scanning Books
Networks who receive security scanning are more secure as any vulnerabilities and weaknesses in the network are detected and can then be dealt with.
This book details popular and effective methods used to scan networks. It contains recipes using scanning tools Nessus and Nmap that detail how to carry out various scanning tasks and network protection techniques.
Practical Network Scanning: Capture network vulnerabilities using standard tools such as Nmap and Nessus
This book helps readers to secure their network by detailing the various scanning steps using Nessus and Nmap. It explores how to detect threats and ends with a complete vulnerability assessment plan that your organization can use.
This guide shows readers how to use network scanning system Nmap 7. Readers will learn how to scan for network vulnerabilities, open ports, gather network information and more.
Drupal Security Books
Drupal is an open-source content management system used by 1.7% of all websites. It is an overall secure system that is used to publish content but can still be vulnerable to threats and attacks.
This book guides website owners and web developers who use Drupal on how to best secure their websites and is full of helpful resources that users can refer to.
IOT Security Books
The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to interrelated computing devices that transfer data. As the IoT wasn’t created with security in mind, there are many concerns over its privacy and security.
This book delves into the security issues faced by IoT devices and how they can be built to counter any security threats. Readers will discover how to identify points of entry for attackers and counter these attacks.
This book provides an insightful overview of everything regarding the security of IoT and will aid you in developing security around your own IoT devices.
Practical Industrial Internet of Things Security: A Practitioner’s Guide to Securing Connected Industries
Providing an overview of IoT architecture as well as cryptography and blockchain, this book will help you to gain an understanding of how to secure connected devices. It is aimed at people working in internet security, development and research.
Practical Internet of Things Security: Design a Security Framework for an Internet Connected Ecosystem, 2nd Edition
This book will guide readers on how to secure their devices from the device to the cloud and put cyber security measures in place at organizations and businesses.
With contributions from numerous IoT security experts, this book delves into the various types of IoT attacks and how to counter them. It also includes information on the IoT infrastructure, privacy and authentication.
This book covers the basics of IoT security as well as discussing technical solutions to try to counter attacks to IoT devices. It is aimed at students, researchers and professionals in the field.
Pentesting helps to build an effective cyber security system. It refers to finding issues in the security of applications, networks and systems to identify weaknesses in the security.
Aimed at red team members, this manual provides a thorough insight into pentesting from a professional’s point of view.
Written by a security professional, this book is packed with useful information and discusses everything that a hacker needs to know in order to carry out pentesting with the best results.
This is the follow up to the previous Hacker Playbook and is the latest and most up to date version in the series. It is back and filled with even more tips and tricks for hackers and is especially written for red team members.
Python for Pentesters Books
Python is a popular language to use for hacking as it can be written quickly and can also be used to develop websites and web applications.
Violent Python – A Cookbook for Hackers, Forensic Analysts, Penetration Testers and Security Engineers
This book will teach readers how to create their own pentesting attacks using the Python programming language. It will illustrate how to write scripts in Python to automate attacks.
This book will show you how to write your own hacks. It also covers how to infect virtual machines, write network sniffers and manipulate packets.
This is a manual on how to use Python for hacking purposes and covers how to use and build your own Python-based security tools.
Security Oriented Python Development Books
Python allows security professionals to react quickly to threats so is an important language to learn when dealing with cyber security. It’s versatile, quick to write and easy to automate.
This step-by-step guide provides an overview of writing code using Python and includes a section on cyber security.
This book focuses on dealing with cyber attacks using Python and includes Python libraries that will help to secure your network. It covers how to build and secure a network as well as how to assess its vulnerabilities.
This book aims to aid readers in mastering Python security. It includes numerous approaches to securing Python code, the fundamentals of Python security and automating web application attacks.
Violent Python: A Cookbook for Hackers, Forensic Analysts, Penetration Testers and Security Engineers
Illustrating how to write Python scripts to carry out automatic network attacks, this book is ideal for hacking professionals. It is easy to read so is also great for students and beginners.
Security Oriented C# Development Books
C# is a programming language that has many uses but its a popular choice for building software applications. In order to write secure code, coders must have extensive knowledge of the language they are using.
This book is aimed at teaching readers how to secure applications using both the C# and VB.NET languages. It is a great reference book to keep going back to when using C# as well as a guide on how to write secure applications.
Including advanced C# techniques, this book is best for readers who already know how to use the programming language. It is specifically aimed at C# developers.
Android Security Books
Android is a mobile operating system used on over a billion devices. It uses multiple layers of protection to counter cyber attacks and these books will help readers to understand how best to crack the Android security system.
This book offers an in depth look into the Android OS so that android users are better equipped at defending themselves from attacks. It works for both beginners and professionals and will teach you how to pentest Android apps in order to become familiar with vulnerabilities in the system.
Written by an Android security expert, this book doesn’t leave anything out when it comes to the Android security system so is perfect for Android developers.
This guide provides in depth information on how the Android OS works and how its security system is run. It is ideal for professional working in Android security.
This book provides information on Android applications and how to work with the system’s security. Readers will be left with the tools to assess the security of their own Android devices.
This book teaches readers how to create code for Android apps that is secure against attacks. It also uses examples to demonstrate each security technique.
iOS Security Books
Apple’s mobile operating system iOS was created with security at its core. Though, iOS devices can still be vulnerable to attacks and bugs. These books will educate readers on the iOS security system and how to best protect their devices from attacks and bugs.
This guide teaches readers how to secure mobile applications by revealing the techniques used to counter attacks. Readers will discover various types of attacks and learn how to uncover vulnerabilities in their iOS apps.
Written for hackers and developers, this book reveals the most common iOS coding mistakes and how to fix them. It also covers the iOS security model and the flaws present in it’s system.
This book is for everyone who wishes to secure their iOS devices. It reveals the numerous types of attacks your device is vulnerable to and how to best counter these.
This book covers pentesting and reverse engineering to ensure that your iOS apps are secure. It will leave readers with a deeper understanding of iOS architecture and its security system.
Antivirus Evasion Books
Evasion is bypassing antivirus applications when pentesting in order to discover weaknesses and vulnerabilities in a security system.
This book is for professionals who wish to design better software by detecting and exploiting vulnerabilities in the system. It acts as a guide to reverse engineering antivirus software.
Web Application Firewalls Books
A web application firewall is a firewall that protects web applications by monitoring, filtering and if necessary, blocking data packets that travel to and from web applications.
This book demonstrates how to defend against cyber attacks and set traps for hackers to fall into. It’s a great training guide for security personnel, web server administrators, and security consultants.
This book describes the concepts of web application firewalls and is easy to follow for any readers who are interested in cybersecurity, particularly in this area.
Written by web application security expert John Stauffacher, this book will equip you with the knowledge to optimize your web application firewall against threats. It will teach readers how to correctly deploy a web application firewall.
This is the 2020 version of the book and it provides in depth details on all to do with web application firewalls. It covers the essentials of web application firewalls and delves into the topic from the perspective of experienced practitioners in the industry.
Secure Development Books
Secure development is vital in protecting applications from vulnerabilities and attacks as it ensures a secure app development process.
Written for developers, this book is great for beginners and explains the problems that occur in secure software development and the correct solutions. It provides expertise across all phases of the software development process.
This book discusses secure development when it comes to mobile apps – an area that isn’t as widely covered as secure development for websites. This book guides readers through designing and coding apps with security at the core of the process.
This guide will teach readers the fundamentals of developing secure software from selecting development tools to protecting software from vulnerabilities and attacks. It will also cover how to code while implementing security measures.
This guide teaches readers how to perform an in-depth secure software development self-assessment. It illustrates how to design a secure software development process.
Browser Hacking/Security Books
Hackers are well-schooled in anonymously entering websites and applications and are able to access private and personal information from both individuals and organizations.
This handbook discusses a wide variety of hacker attack methods and how to combat them. It helps readers to understand how web browser hacking takes place and how to work against this.
This book takes readers into the mind of a hacker so that they can discover and understand how to best defend themselves against hacking attacks and how to implement these methods.
This book details the simplicity of hacking a browser and provides in-depth hacking knowledge. It will also gives readers an insight into the anonymous open-source software Tor and surfing the deep web.
This book guides readers on how to attack and defend web applications. It will discuss the latest attack techniques used by hackers and provides information on how to access a companion website where readers can test out the attacks described in the book.
This book teaches readers how to use the internet anonymously like a hacker. Written in easy-to-read English, this book can be used by beginners to understand how to use Tor as well as the deep and dark web.
Particularly useful for information security professionals, this book details some of the most vicious attacks carried out by hackers and how to get rid of them as well as defend yourself from future attacks.
Bug Hunting Books
Bug hunting is seeking vulnerabilities and weaknesses in software and websites so that they can be better protected from potential attacks.
For beginners as well as professional developers, this book helps readers to understand how to find software bugs. This book uses real-life case studies to detail the most common bugs used.
Bug Bounty Hunting Essentials: Quick-paced guide to help white-hat hackers get through bug bounty programs
Illustrating how to hunt bugs using a range of different tools, this book gives readers an overview of bug bounty hunting. It will detail how to hunt for bugs in web applications as well as Android mobile applications.
Written by security expert Tobias Klein, this guide takes readers through the life of a seasoned bug hunter and techniques used to effectively hunt bugs. It will illustrate how bug hunting is approached on software including the Mac OS X kernel, the VLC media player and Apple’s iOS.
Hands-On Bug Hunting for Penetration Testers: A practical guide to help ethical hackers discover web application security flaws
Aspiring security professionals will gain a lot of knowledge through reading this book. Readers will learn about forms of code injection, how to discover hidden content and how to create a bug report.
This book is great for those who are new to bug hunting as it goes through the basics of the practice as well as how to find weaknesses in web applications. Readers will discover how to apply an offensive approach to bug hunting.
Data Protection Books
Data protection or data security refers to defending an individual’s or organization’s data from unauthorized access or cyber-attacks.
This is a great introductory book to global privacy law and to data security. With real case studies, this book can be used for students and beginners.
This book gives an overview of data protection and educates readers on how to protect their digital data. It also provides a business-based approach to data protection.
This guide details the need-to-know aspects of data protection and provides in-depth information on data security as well as how to manage risks to data.
Employed by organization’s, the data protection officer must ensure all aspects of data protection within the company are adhered to. This book goes in-depth to highlight the job role of the data protection officer.
Written as a result of the 2018 International Conference on Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection, this book is for anyone interested in data protection. It consists of papers that discuss practices and offer potential solutions regarding data protection.
Risk Management Books
Risk management includes analysing current practices that manage risks to cybersecurity as well as applying methods to reduce and eradicate these risks.
This book points out the current problems in risk management practices and how to improve on these. It will show readers which popular methods can be improved on and which aren’t worth using at all.
As a follow up to 2016’s first edition, this book details how to properly manage risks to cybersecurity. It is for directors and senior managers of organizations of all sizes.
This guide helps managers to establish a cybersecurity strategy using examples from large international companies.
This book makes clear the risks that all organizations face when it comes to cybersecurity. It acts as a guide for organizations who wish to improve their cybersecurity strategies.
This book provides guidance for those working in cybersecurity and includes contributions from experts in the industry.
Zero Day Exploits Books
A zero day exploit refers to an unknown or just discovered vulnerability being exploited before a solution is created.
This book can be understood by beginners as well as those unfamiliar with tech jargon. It refers to everything to do with defense against cyber-attacks.
Intrusion Detection Systems Books
Intrusion detection systems are devices or software applications that monitor systems for malicious intrusions.
This book shows readers how to implement an intrusion detection system, step-by-step as well as how to maintain the system within a budget.
This book provides an overview of the latest developments in deep learning and deep learning-based intrusion detection systems.
This study details the estimated latent demand and potential industry earnings (P.I.E.) regarding intrusion detection systems across over 190 countries.
Antivirus Engine Construction Books
An antivirus engine is a system that detects and removes threats on devices and systems.
This in-depth guide to antivirus software ensures readers on how to best make sure that their software is achieving their desired goals. It will help readers to discover the successful practises carried out by antivirus software practitioners.
Exploit Development Books
An exploit is a piece of software that takes advantage of vulnerabilities so that security practitioners can see how the computer software or devices behave.
Penetration Testing with Shellcode: Detect, exploit, and secure network-level and operating system vulnerabilities
This book gives readers a step-by-step guide on how to uncover vulnerabilities in systems and become experts in the code shellcode.
This book reveals the art and science of hacking and provides instructions to test out the hacking details described in it.
This book exhibits how hackers exploit vulnerabilities and bypass security measures that have been put in place.
This book will help readers to discover how to find holes in security systems. It is written for those who already have existing tech/security knowledge.
Software Fuzzing Books
Fuzzing is a technique used to discover issues and errors in the coding and security of software and networks.
Readers will discuss how to use fuzzing in the software development process. The book also details the most popular fuzzing tools on the market and which one will best suit your system.
Web Application Stress Testing Books
Stress testing is testing how well systems perform under heavy loads.
This is a great source to refer to when testing websites and internet-based applications as well as learning what technologies are most commonly being used to build websites and applications.
This book was written by the Microsoft team that tests websites and web-based applications. It will show readers how to perform tests to find vulnerabilities on their Microsoft .NET applications.
This is a step-by-step guide on how to test web applications for weaknesses and vulnerabilities and how to set up an automation framework.
Large scale Software Engineering Books
Software engineering refers to creating a software system and then testing and maintaining the quality of the system created.
Software Engineering for Large-Scale Multi-Agent Systems: Research Issues and Practical Applications (Lecture Notes in Computer Science)
This book consists of 17 papers that focus on topics including the foundations of software engineering and is ideal for students of computer science.
Software Architect’s Handbook: Become a successful software architect by implementing effective architecture concepts
This book is great for those who aspire to a career as a software architect. It details the vital concepts of software architecture, design patterns and best practices.
Small Scale Software Engineering Books
This is a new edition of Roger Pressman’s Software Engineering: A Practitioner’s Approach and provides a detailed update on the principles of software engineering.
This book details the software engineering methodologies and techniques used by professional developers and is easy-to-understand for beginners.
Bot and Web Automation Detection Books
Bot detection refers to the method of discovering automated bots that are on or trying to reach a website or application.
This book will show readers how to master using complex data analysis techniques to detect fraud as well as revealing the main types of fraud carried out today.
Email/machine learning Books
Machine learning is when machines automatically learn information and ways of performing tasks.
This book is for experienced programmers and will show them how to use machine learning with email. Readers will discover how to write algorithms that automate email tasks as well as using programming language R to manipulate and analyze data.
This book is aimed at experienced programmers looking to get started with machine learning. It will detail the algorithms needed to enable computers to automate tasks.
This guide takes readers through the fundamentals of artificial intelligence and machine learning applications. It also discusses various machine learning algorithms and how they work.