Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Review of "Hacking: The Next Generation"

One of my New Year's Resolutions for 2010 is to get back into the habit of reading lots of security books.  I used to read at least one a month, and often more, but somehow I got out of the habit last year.  This year I want to do better!

To start off with, I read Hacking: The Next Generation by Nitesh Dhanjani, Billy Rios and Brett Hardin.  You can find the full 4-star review at Amazon.com, but I'll excerpt it here:

I first saw this book in the store, and a quick glance through the Table of Contents got me pretty excited. I saw topics like mobile security, the phishing underground, targeted attacks against company executives and (the big selling point for me) attacks against cloud computing. In fact, I was so excited to read it that I ordered it from Amazon on the spot, through my phone. After having read this book, I can say that it lived up to most of my expectations.

 I should also mention that the focus of this book is primarily on high-end attackers, some of whom fall under the category of "Advanced Persistent Threat" or "APT", even though the authors don't use this term.  Although experienced APT fighters might not find a lot new here, I'm very happy to see that some of the new crop of books are starting to address these types of threats.

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